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The BeST? Services Trial


The BeST? Services Trial: effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the New Orleans Intervention Model for Infant Mental Health 

BeST? is a randomised controlled trial comparing an infant mental health service (the New Orleans Intervention Model (NIM)) with social work services-as-usual.  It aims to find out what is the best service for young abused and neglected pre-school children coming into foster care. 

The BeST? Services Research Trial team is trying to find out which service works best for children’s development. Therefore, we are inviting all families to take part if they have a child aged between 0 and 5 years when they enter an episode of foster care in Glasgow or South London. 

A Gold Standard - the BeST? Services Trial 

This video is aimed at legal professionals as well as social workers, who would support their clients to consider taking part in the trial. 

Professor Helen Minns, Chief Investigator of the BeST? Trial discussing the rationale of the research 

Contact us

The BeST? Services Trial 

King’s College London 

Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 

Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) 

PO85 De Crespigny Park 

London SE5 8AF 

For all generic enquiries regarding the trial please email to 

For specific enquiries please contact the following members of staff: 

Barbara Jacobs, Research Administrator 


Jennifer O'Connor