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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 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.


New resource available for group work in schools:

Relationship-Centred Play for Groups

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What do we do?
Referrals : securereferrals@thefamilyplace.co.uk

Referrals : please email your organisation's referral form to us or ask for a copy of The Family Place referral form : securereferrals@thefamilyplace.co.uk. NB: we can't take on any privately-funded work.  Please ask your social worker to make the referral if you are eligible for support and funding

The Family Place provides specialist and flexible therapeutic interventions for adoptive and looked-after 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 adopted and looked-after children and young people and their parents/carers by deepening understanding in a safe and therapeutic environment. 

The team specialises in providing tailored interventions for 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 offices in Droitwich and Devon (Newton Abbot).

Dr Vivien Norris Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Clinical Director The Family Place