Directory of Members
Adoption UKAdoption UK
Adoption UK is the leading charity providing support, community and advocacy for all those parenting or supporting children who cannot live with their birth parents. We connect adoptive families, provide information and signposting on a range of adoption-related issues and campaign for improvements to adoption policy and legislation at the highest levels. With over 8,000 members, we provide a strong, supportive community and are the largest voice of adopters in the UK.
Beacon House Therapeutic ServicesBeacon House Therapeutic Services
Beacon House is a team of professional, compassionate and highly experienced chartered psychologists, psychotherapists and occupational therapists. We provide a wide range of assessments and effective therapies for children and young people, families and adults who are experiencing mental health difficulties, emotional and behavioural problems and relationship conflict. As a service we have a special interest in repairing the effects of trauma and attachment disruption.
Our specialist occupational therapists are additionally able to provide assessment and treatment for children being funded by the Adoption Support Fund and who are experiencing a range of developmental problems, sensory and emotional dysregulation and co-ordination problems.
We welcome referrals from a range of sources – including individuals, parent/carers, GPs, CCGs, Local Authorities and schools. While we are an independent therapeutic team, over half of all our referrals are funded by third party organisations such as Children’s Services, Clinical Commissioning Groups, government grants, schools and private healthcare insurance. We also offer a comprehensive service for children and young adults who are adopted or cared for by a special guardian, funded by the Adoption Support Fund.
We strive to be an inclusive, respectful and client-led service. Everyone is welcome here. We warmly accept referrals for the young to the elderly; and from all walks of life. We have therapists in the team with a lot of experience of working with individuals and families who bring diverse life experiences, perspectives and priorities; and the uniqueness in all of us will be celebrated. Being a service who is committed to diversity means that we try to create an environment where our clients can bring their whole self to their relationship with us.
Please do browse through our website, and if we can help with any questions then do not hesitate to get in touch with us on 01444 413 939.
Catchpoint ConsultancyCatchpoint Consultancy
It is our aim to bring together a cohesive care team with a common understanding of trauma and secondary trauma – the effects of living or working with trauma. By developing and using a common language and strategies for managing difficult behaviour, the parents can be empowered to parent and the child will get consistent boundaries and an integrated approach to their care. This aids the process of healing and reduces the need for long-term therapeutic interventions.
Catchpoint works in the field of ‘Adoption’, in which we include pre and post adoptive families, special guardianship, step families, kinship carers and foster carers.
In August 2010 Catchpoint became a Community Interest Company.
We are keen to hear from therapists interested in working with us and from parents and carers struggling with difficult children.
Chroma provides creative arts therapy packages and specialistic assessments to local authority post adoption and RAA teams across the UK, in support of adopted and SGO children and their families.
We have a team of 70+ therapists providing the UK’s only national arts therapies service. Our work is robustly evidenced and based on research and best practice. We are run by a team of experienced arts therapists, so we understand what good therapy looks like.
Referrals can be made by social workers, parents and a range of other professionals via 0330 440 1838 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Our services are: Art Psychotherapy, Dramatherapy, Music Therapy and Neurologic Music Therapy.
We are passionate and experienced at what we do.
Chrysalis AssociatesChrysalis Associates
Chrysalis Associates are a multi-disciplinary therapeutic team of professionals drawn from the fields of social work, art therapy, family therapy, Occupational therapy and clinical psychology.
We specialise in the assessment and treatment of developmental trauma and attachment difficulties and are registered by Ofsted as an Adoption Support Agency. Our specialist assessment also include neuro-attachment assessment and specialist sensory assessments.
We offer services both to individual children, to their carers and families, and to organisations working to promote young people’s wellbeing.
Families will receive a bespoke intervention tailored to their individual needs drawn from the following therapeutic models:
- Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Sensory integration
In addition we offer training packages, supervision and consultation for professionals.
CTC Psychological ServicesCTC Psychological Services
CTC Psychological Services has provided a unique therapeutic and psychological service for 30 years.
Our team of professionals and support staff are caring, welcoming, highly skilled and extremely motivated to provide a high quality service in Expert Witness, Therapy, Training, Consultancy and Supervision.
A multi-disciplinary team approach successfully integrates a wide range of established and contemporary psychotherapeutic and psychological theories, underpinned by our understanding of the individual and unique psychological needs of our clients.
We pride ourselves on our ability to provide an individually tailored service to meet your specific needs, or those of your organisation.
Our team of professionals and support staff are caring, welcoming and highly skilled. We are committed to excellence, and to making a valuable contribution to the lives of those whose futures may be influenced by our service provision.
We provide a wide range of highly skilled and specialised services, including psychological assessment, therapy, training and consultancy. We are an Ofsted registered Adoption Support Agency. We provide our services to individuals of all ages, couples, families, groups and organisations. We undertake psychological assessments for the purpose of advising on and providing therapeutic intervention, and for providing reports and Expert Witness testimony, predominantly in child and family cases.
We have undertaken both assessment and therapy for many Local Authorities for Children Looked After and placed for and in Adoptive Placements, and we have provided dedicated services to LAC and Adoption Services. This involves psychological assessment and therapeutic intervention, as well as providing case supervision to Social Workers.
Whilst we work with children and adults across the age range, with a diverse range of needs, much of our service provision involves working with or in relation to children, the prime objective being the welfare of the child. Safeguarding is paramount, and child protection considerations are incorporated into our practice.
Through continuing professional development, we continue to expand the knowledge base of our team and increase the range of services we can offer, providing both in house and external training opportunities that further extend our team’s range of skills and expertise.
We provide a supportive environment in which both staff and service users are treated with respect and compassion, and we are committed to promoting equality and diversity.
Dandelion Clock Counselling Adoption SupportDandelion Clock Counselling Adoption Support
Dandelion Clock Counselling Adoption Support is an Ofsted registered Adoption Support Agency. The services offered include counselling support to adults affected by adoption, who seek help and support in processing their thoughts and feelings around their adoption experience.
- Adopted adults
- Birth parents and birth relatives where children have been placed for adoption, in both recent and historic adoptions
- Adoptive parents and family members
- Prospective adoptive parents and family members
Dandelion Clock Counselling Adoption Support works with both individuals and couples, this can be in a private capacity or on behalf of local authorities and other organisations.
Encounter is an Ofsted registered Adoption Support Agency.
We provide assessment and treatment services for children who have experienced early life trauma, and specialise in sensory and motor system development to support overall regulation and function. We also provide support and workshops for adoptive parents.
The following is a detailed list of the services we provide to the adoption community:
- To apply sensory and motor system approaches to help children and adults recover early missed experiences or opportunities and repair the damage of abuse and trauma inflicted in infancy and childhood.
- To utilise and apply evidence-based and pioneering neurobiological approaches to support the repair of damaged nervous systems, resulting from injury, accident and trauma – particularly in early life but not exclusively.
- To offer a comprehensive sensory, motor and movement assessment and treatment service.
- To provide assessment and treatment services to children who have experienced some form of trauma in their early years.
- To provide tools to address arousal regulation difficulties in children impacted by complex trauma.
- To extend the therapeutic opportunities beyond the sessions by enabling the care givers to replicate some of the movements and activities.
- To increase awareness in both personal and professional settings of the benefits of this work.
For more information, please visit our website.
Father Hudson’s CareFather Hudson’s Care
Father Hudson’s Care is a former adoption agency which registered as an Adoption Support Agency in 2009 in order to continue to provide adoption support services for adults and to extend its services to all adults affected by adoption. It provides access to information from the adoption records held by Father Hudson’s Care. Intermediary (tracing and making contact) services provided by the agency are not restricted to those connected with adoptions arranged by the agency. They are available to adopted adults, birth relatives, as well as descendants and other legally entitled persons in certain circumstances. Father Hudson’s Care is particularly experienced in tracing in cases where there is an Irish connection.
Father Hudson’s Care is a working name of Father Hudson’s Society and it meets a range of adult social care needs through residential care, day-care, community projects as well as services to young people through fostering and schools support. It provides an Origins Service which incorporates post adoption services as well as post care services.
Gateway Psychology LtdGateway Psychology Ltd
Gateway Psychology provides for the psychological needs of children, young people and families in the Stoke-on-Trent area and surrounding regions. Our aim is to facilitate each individual child’s movement through the challenges or ‘gateways’ being faced at a particular time, whether emotional, behavioural, relational or developmental.
At Gateway Psychology, we pride ourselves in the experience and expertise of our team. Our clinical staff, support staff and our contracted associates are highly qualified and exceptionally skilled in their individual areas of expertise.
We are committed to providing the most appropriate psychology service to meet each unique need of our clients. Every member of our clinical team has particular expertise in a variety of different specialisms and we will always ensure that the right skills are matched to your needs. At times, Gateway Psychology will work in collaboration with well-qualified associates or other psychological services to ensure that the client receives the most appropriate service and intervention.
IAC The Centre for AdoptionIAC The Centre for Adoption
IAC The Centre for Adoption is a registered charity and voluntary adoption agency, and the only specialist centre for intercountry adoption in the UK.
IAC Adoption Support service offers a range of services to all parties connected with adoption where there is an international element including adopted people and birth families and intercountry adoptive parents both before and after adoption.
These include information and counselling services, support groups and courses both before and after adoption.
Some of these services are offered at a reduced rate for individuals whose Local Authority or Voluntary Adoption Agency subscribes to IAC.
Integrate FamiliesIntegrate Families
Integrate Families welcomes people of all ages who are experiencing problems in their life that have become too difficult to manage alone. Our expert team of therapists have many years of experience and specialist training in assessing and efficiently addressing a variety of individual and relationship problems
Our core values:
Each individual needs to have and experience a sense of belonging to a person, family or group in order to fulfil his/her attachment and relationships needs
Each individual is valuable in his/her own right and needs to develop a sense of their own worth, in order to discover his/her full identity
Each individual needs a sense of competency only achievable once he/she is safe enough in relationships to unpack the unique set of skills and abilities that he/she is born with
The Integrate team are all qualified as therapists, EMDR practitioners (adult and child) and social workers. Our therapists have all undertaken extensive further training in the areas of attachment, trauma and dissociation. Dr. Marks is the accredited trainer for the ISSTD (International Society on Studies of Trauma and Dissociation) on the Assessment and Treatment of Children with Dissociative Disorders. Dr. Marks and Les Ryan are amongst only a handful of therapists working in the UK, who are trained in Dr Bruce Perry’s Neuro-sequential model of therapeutics. Dr. Marks is currently trained to the highest level in this field.
Joanna North Associates LtdJoanna North Associates Ltd
Joanna North Associates Ltd is a limited company whose contribution to the field of Psychology, Psychotherapy, Family Court Report Writing and Assessment has made an impact to the field of psychological health and wellbeing for Children, Adults and Families in the United Kingdom, particularly to the lives of Looked After and Adopted Children.
Our Company has been running for fifteen years and during that time we have worked with hundreds of clients and written over two hundred Family Proceedings reports to contribute towards best outcomes for children and their families. We continue to offer this expertise and experience in the form of:
- Assessment Report Writing for Local Authorities and in Family Court Proceedings
- Therapeutic Care Planning for Looked After Children
- Psychotherapy, Psychology and Counselling for Children, Adults and Families
- Ofsted Registered Adoption Support for adoptive families
- Training and Education for Carers and Children’s Care Homes
- Group work and support for clients
- Intermediary Work with Adoptive Adults
PAC-UK is the country’s largest independent Adoption Support Agency. From offices in Liverpool, Leeds and London we reach out to families and professionals from the Scottish borders to the south coast.
Family Action and PAC-UK formally merged on Saturday 1 December 2018.
Our vision is that all those affected by adoption, Special Guardianship and other forms of permanent care are supported and enabled to live their lives to the full. We have built our expertise over a 30 year period, starting out as Post-Adoption Centre in 1986. In recent years we have combined with other specialist providers – After Adoption Yorkshire (AAY) and Adoption UK – to produce a more robust organisation with a wider reach and a more comprehensive range of services.
Entering adoption, Special Guardianship or another permanent placement is an important step forward in a child’s life. At PAC-UK we understand that this is the beginning of a life-long journey, not just for the child, but also for the adoptive/permanent care family and the birth family left behind. Our support extends to all these groups, and includes adults adopted as children who continue to find difficulties arising on their own life journey. We also offer advice to professionals working with these families in different contexts – in particular adoption social workers, school teachers and virtual school staff.
We offer the following key services:
- Advice Line staffed by qualified and experienced PAC-UK counsellors who can provide advice and information on all aspects of adoption and other forms of permanent care;
- A range of Adopted Adult Services for adults adopted or otherwise permanently placed as children, including advice, counselling, access to adoption records, searching and intermediary services;
- A Birth Parent & Birth Relatives Service providing a range of advice, counselling, intermediary services and groups for birth parents and other birth relatives;
- A Child & Family Service offering support, counselling and therapy to adoptive families or those with a permanently placed child, including Special Guardians and Kinship Carers;
- An Education Service working with children, parents and schools to improve the educational experience of adopted/permanently-placed children;
- A Training Service offering a comprehensive training programme focussing on topics specific to adoption and permanent placement. Some of these workshops and seminars are for professionals only, and some are specifically for parents and carers.
We have partnerships with 75 local authorities stretching from Northumberland and York in the north to Haringey and Essex in the south; and in total more than 100 local authorities benefit from our expertise every year.
PAC-UK brings together a multi-disciplinary team of more than 100 staff and volunteers with an extensive range of skills and expertise in working therapeutically with children, adoptive families, other permanent carers, adopted adults and birth parents.
We are proud to have been selected, in May 2017, as overall winner in the King’s Fund/GSK Impact Awards 2017, for ‘Supporting Excellence in Community Health Care’. We were complimented on ‘working creatively in a challenging environment’ as well as for ‘providing cutting edge interventions’.
PAC-UK was rated Outstanding by Ofsted in 2017.
Placement SupportPlacement Support
Placement Support is a multi-disciplinary team combining specialists with wide experience of working and living with vulnerable children and families. Our expertise includes psychotherapy, social-work, and education, with particular focus on the way children and those who care for them live together.
Placement Support works with families, schools, children’s homes, and foster families to promote sustaining relationships between children and the adults involved in their lives. We are also an Ofsted registered Adoption Support Agency. We have particular expertise to help make sense of the ways that early adverse experience can make it difficult for children to get on with their lives in the present.
This sense-making improves relationships. Our aim is to help create conditions in which we can be proud of the achievements of our children, rather than worried about the next thing that might happen.
We are also a training organisation for APPCIOS, the Association for Psychodynamic Practice and Counselling in Organisational Settings.
Our interventions, whether one-off training days, regular group sessions or more intensive work, are all forms of experiential training focused to support those who work with or care for children. Our work assists carers and other professionals to communicate with troubled and disturbed children and to understand the meanings of their behaviour and the underlying causes. We also apply this perspective to support team function, the management task and strategic planning.
Psychology AssociatesPsychology Associates
Psychology Associates is a leading independent practice of over 100 clinical, counselling, neuropsychological, forensic and educational psychologists, who provide services across the life span and for a range of psychological challenges including learning difficulties, autistic spectrum conditions, attachment challenges, mental health difficulties, trauma-related conditions, personality and behavioural issues.
We have a strong reputation for providing high quality, ethical and evidence based psychological reports and therapies which aim to formulate difficulties in terms of the whole person and assist clients in finding the best way for them to improve the value and quality of their life. Our input can be on either a spot purchase or contract basis whichever suits the service better.
All of our psychologists are CRB/DBS checked; they are registered with the Health & Care Professions Council, and have professional indemnity insurance. We expect the highest standards of ethical practice from every one of our psychologists and support staff. We follow the British Psychological Society Code of Ethics and Conduct and the HCPC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics.
Psychology Associates is led by Dr Sue Candy. Sue is a HCPC registered clinical psychologist and is the founder and managing director of Psychology Associates. Sue provides assessment of adults and children primarily in the context of their family. She offers therapy across the life span and has a strong focus on attachment. She previously worked for many years in the NHS providing therapy, assessment and research in obstetrics and gynaecology, learning disability, mental health and parenting. Sue has extensive experience of providing expert psychological evidence to the Courts and specialises in assessments of parenting capacity and attachment. She will also accept referrals for fitness to plead or capacity assessments and complex personal injury cases. She provides training to other professionals in Court report writing and skills. She has a general interest in training, in particular other clinical psychologists and was formerly admissions and examinations tutor at Plymouth University on the South West Clinical Psychology Training Scheme. She offers supervision to other psychologists working within Psychology Associates.
Simon Kerr-EdwardsSimon Kerr-Edwards
Simon Kerr-Edwards: BA (Hons), Diploma in Drama Therapy, MA in Play Therapy
Simon has worked with children and families for over 30 years in a number of Local Authority and Health settings. In his independent Play Therapy practice he is commissioned directly by families or through a range of agencies to offer therapeutic work to children and young people.
- His direct work is effective and creative, tailored to the needs of each child.
- He works in partnership with parents to support and improve family communications about difficulties the child or young person may have so enabling them to overcome their issues and continue to thrive.
He has delivered training and workshops on various aspects of working with children and their families to social work teams, counsellors, teachers, foster carers and adopters and has lectured at institutions such as University of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire University, Roehampton University and the Institute of Education, London.
Simon has had academic papers published in professional journals and is a member of the British Association of Play Therapists. Furthermore he is registered with the Health Professions Council as a Drama Therapist.
He is based near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.
Simon offers a range of therapeutic services tailored to the needs of individual children, young people and their families.
The Child Psychology ServiceThe Child Psychology Service
The Child Psychology Service offers the very highest quality service and outcomes to children and families through the Midlands. We pride ourselves on the effectiveness of our work and our commitment to clients, all of our work is evaluated and we do not finish our work until we have reached a satisfactory outcome.
We have been inspected and rated as offering Outstanding Overall Effectiveness, Outcomes, Quality of Service and Leadership and Management by Ofsted. Take a look at our Ofsted report here.
Dr Amber Elliott, The Child Psychology Service’s Lead Clinician and Director is a successful published author (“Why Can’t My Child Behave?” 2013).Dr Elliott has over fourteen years experience in the NHS and Local Authorities. She is a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, on the Register of Approved Psychology Practice Supervisors and is regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council.
The Child Psychology Service CIC is a Community Interest Company which means that it is not run for profit but to provide cost-effective psychological services to children and their families. We reinvest our surplus to improving the services we offer.
Many young people experience difficulties which impact negatively on their lives and it is not always clear to the adults around them what the best way to help is. If this applies to you it is possible that The Child Psychology Service could help.
The Child Psychology Service operates nationally throughout the UK. Our clinical services are primarily offered within Staffordshire, Shropshire, Birmingham and Black Country, Derbyshire, Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire. We may be able to travel greater distances to deliver some of our services.
For more details on the services we offer, including; Assessment, Therapy, Parenting Courses, Consultation, Supervision, whether you are looking for your child or a child you work with, take a look through the site or contact us, we’ll be happy to chat things through with you.
News from casa
- Department for Education press release: Families across England to receive better support to adopt
- Children’s Minister Vicky Ford announces one-year extension to the Adoption Support Fund
- Support from CASA members during COVID-19 pandemic
- Children’s Minister confirms adoption is priority for new government
- DfE press release – More funding to boost adoption support