This report was drawn up before the country was hit by the COVID-19 virus. The restrictions imposed by the necessary social control measures to limit the transmission of the virus, and the additional challenges faced by the health service at this difficult time, mean that supporting the mental health of women in the perinatal period and their babies is more important than ever. While the delivery plans of the Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Programme for transforming services which support the mental health of parents and babies may have to be adapted, delayed or even changed completely, the central concern remains the same - to support parents and very young children with their mental health. Evaluating the impact of this programme has, therefore, become even more relevant than before. As the principles of the evaluation remain the same and the same core questions need to be asked of the programme, this report is still valid and its recommendations still stand.
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