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A national therapeutic service offering specialist support to foster and kinship carers, adoptive parents and special guardians and their children between 0-6 years: complete enquiry form.

Early attachment relationships have a powerful impact on children’s development. Disruptions in care, such as a change in caregivers, can be challenging for children. Research shows that early intervention can support both children and parents and carers and support children’s later development and wellbeing.

We provide a therapeutic service using the Video-feedback Intervention to promote Positive Parenting and Sensitive Discipline (VIPP-SD) to support parents, carers and special guardians. VIPP-SD has a strong evidence-base, with research consistently showing it is effective in helping parents and children's development and wellbeing. It supports relationships between parents and carers and their children, helping the development of secure attachments by increasing parents’ and carers' sensitive responding and improving their attunement to the child. For these reasons, those who are caring for children who have had a difficult start in life can particularly benefit from this intervention.

Read more about Nurturing Change below

Who we help

Our Nurturing Change service is particularly suitable for young children who have had a difficult start in life, to prevent the emergence of more serious difficulties.

We support foster and kinship carers, adoptive parents and special guardians where:

  • The child is aged between 0-6 years
  • The parent or carer and child live anywhere in the UK
  • The child is living with the parent or carer
  • The child has been living with this parent or carer for any amount of time
  • The person(s) with parental responsibility is aware of and agrees to the referral
How we help

Nurturing Change aims to support relationships between parents and carers and their children, and help parents and carers to reflect on and develop their understanding of their child’s needs.

We offer an evidence-based therapeutic programme based on attachment theory, delivered over the course of 12 weeks. Using video-feedback, this aims to promote healthy attachments between children and their carers and sensitive ways of managing challenging behaviour. From the perspective of parents or carers, this programme can equip them with skills to recognise their child’s attachment needs, deal with difficult behaviour, feel closer to their child and increase their confidence in caring for their child.

This programme will be delivered by trained VIPP practitioners on a weekly basis, typically online. We can be flexible in scheduling our sessions to accommodate the family’s availability.

Feedback from parents and carers

“When you come down to watching these videos back…it all clicks into place…you are physically there and you can see it’s relevant to you, it’s you and your child working together with somebody from the outside and they can pick things up where you can’t.”

“I watched myself do that and I said…’wow, I didn’t know I could do that!’”

“It is quite interesting when you watch back, what you can see that you ordinarily wouldn’t […]. You don’t see the expression on his face, you don’t see the little touches that he does or, you know, the extended arm because he wants to have a cuddle, you don’t see that ordinarily. Sometimes you could miss those things.”

“I didn’t realise I had that effect on her really. It was really lovely to see that she’s made good secure attachment.”

“It’s definitely helped me to look at how I manage [my child], and how we’ve grown to love each other and have a really good connection, and, as I said, I didn’t see that…until I saw the videos, so it was worth it for that.”

“[…] I could relate it to children I had in the past and then I can use everything I’ve learnt for any potential children I get in the future…I can use everything I have learnt for any future placements that we do have difficulties with.”

How much does it cost?

Adoptive parents and special guardians are eligible to access the Adoption Support Fund (ASF) to cover the costs of this intervention. Once a referral is accepted, a costing will be provided to enable the child’s Local Authority social worker to apply for ASF funding. Sessions begin once funding has been agreed. We can support parents and professionals with this process. If you would like to find out more about the ASF, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/adoption-support-fund-asf

If you are a foster carer and would like us to discuss funding options with your social worker or agency, please contact us.

If you are a professional working with families and would like to discuss funding options, please contact us.

Meet the team

Our team specialises in delivering video-feedback interventions with children aged six and under, and their families. Our therapists have substantial experience working with adopted and looked after children and children with attachment difficulties.

The following team members work as part of the service:

Paula Oliveira – senior researcher and psychologist
Eloise Stevens – VIPP therapist, supervisor and trainer

Contact us

To make a referral please click here or email nurturing@annafreud.org with any queries. (Read the Nurturing Change privacy notice).

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