The work of NEWPIN was pioneered in the London Borough of Southwark in 1982. It was influenced by the rising child abuse figures, which were higher than the national average, and the low take-up of ante- and postnatal services in the district. A study of mothers with young children in Camberwell (Brown & Harris, 1978) had revealed that there was a high incidence of maternal depression within the group. This also influenced the direction NEWPIN was to take.
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