Ready to Relate


Ready to Relate is a set of photo cards developed at the Bradford District Care Trust. Practitioners can use the cards with parents to build their understanding that babies are born ready to relate. 

The cards demonstrate sensitive care-giving skills and facilitate conversations between practitioners and parents. The resource is also available for parents to use as a self-directed digital version.

Ready to Relate is being used across more than 60 services in the UK and use of the cards is a key performance indicator in Bradford.

Our research team comprises researchers from the Universities of York and Huddersfield. We are interviewing practitioners and parents to explore how easy the Ready to Relate cards are to use in practice, how practitioners are adapting Ready to Relate to use in different settings, and the benefits or downsides perceived by parents. We are working with the Bradford District Care Trust to use this learning to develop and refine a theory of change for Ready to Relate. This learning will also help inform a wider evaluation of the Ready to Relate intervention.


Sub-theme: Best Start

Currently Underway

Team Contact:

Principal Research Fellow


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