Welcome to

"My house"


The Family Place is proud to be part of the Adopting Together Service which has been rated as outstanding.

The By Your Side website is now live. Visit www.byyourside.online to access resources and training information. 


By Your Side is a new attachment and trauma-informed model for supporting children and the adults who care for them across the transition from foster care to adoption. The By Your Side package includes training courses and three publications:

Not Again, Little Owl / Foster Carer and Adopter Guide / Practitioner Guide  by Vivien Norris - books for foster carers, adopters, carers , practitioners and professionals working with children who are moving to a new family.  Information about these resources is available on the By Your Side website where these books can be purchased.

What do we do?

Referrals : info@thefamilyplace.co.uk


The Family Place provides specialist and flexible therapeutic interventions for families.  This approach is called The Family Place Model and is principally, but not exclusively, Theraplay®, DDP, Creative Arts Therapies and Sensory Processing work  ​


Our central aim is to strengthen relationships between children and young people and their main carers by deepening understanding in a safe and therapeutic environment. 

The team specialises in providing tailored interventions for foster and adoptive families and their support networks, alongside a range of other family issues. 

We understand the impact of developmental trauma on families and the challenges this presents.

The service is available over a wide geographical area from our base in Clyro near Hay-on-Wye on the Powys/Herefordshire border and from our newly-opened offices in Worcester and Devon (Newton Abbot).

Dr Vivien Norris Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Clinical Director The Family Place


The Family Place is a private limited company.  Registered Number:  8666044 England and Wales.  

Registered Office:  Kilvert's School, Clyro, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford HR3 5SB.  

Telephone: 01497 822003.  Email: info@thefamilyplace.co.uk