Theraplay has been nurturing families and building relationships in 58 countries since 1975.

Theraplay is a child and family therapy for building and enhancing attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement. It is based on the natural patterns of playful, healthy interaction between parent and child and is personal, physical, and fun. Theraplay interactions focus on four essential qualities found in parent-child relationships: Structure, Engagement, Nurture, and Challenge. Theraplay sessions create an active, emotional connection between the child and parent or caregiver, resulting in a changed view of the self as worthy and lovable and of relationships as positive and rewarding.

In treatment, the Theraplay Practitioner guides the parent and child through playful, fun games, developmentally challenging activities, and tender, nurturing activities. The very act of engaging each other in this way helps the parent regulate the child’s behavior and communicate love, joy, and safety to the child. It helps the child feel secure, cared for, connected and worthy.

We call this “building relationships from the inside out.”

(The Theraplay Institute)

You can view more details about Theraplay® on their website:

Service details

Service details

We offer therapeutic and support interventions which are tailored towards the needs of each individual child and the family that cares for them. We are ‘Trauma Informed’ in the way we work and we understand the complex needs of children who need to live somewhere else and the needs of families who provide care for these children and young people.

We take a multi-agency approach to supporting families and work closely with other agencies and services that have a responsibility for the protection and wellbeing of children, young people and adults.

Our Approach to working with children, young people and their families is:

• Evidence based practice

• A ‘Trauma Informed’ approach

• Attachment informed approach

• Incorporating the latest research in Neuroscience

• A Therapeutic Parenting Approach including the principles of PACE

• Developmental Trauma Specialists

We Provide:

• Assessment using the Marschak Interaction Method (MIM)

• Treatment Model – Theraplay®

Life Story Books

Life Story Books

We also provide a discreet and confidential Life Story Book compilation service.

Whatever your needs, please contact us to discuss how we can support your requirements. We charge a flat rate hourly fee plus any expenses incurred.

 All staff are DBS checked and monitored by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Adoption Support Fund

Funding from the Adoption Support Fund

Some families who are seeking additional support for their child may be able to access funding through the Adoption Support Fund (ASF). Below is the link to the government website which gives information about eligibility and how to apply.

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium and Pupil Premium Plus Funding

The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England. It’s designed to help disadvantaged pupils of all abilities perform better, and close the gap between them and their peers. This funding can be used for a variety of needs to support the child. If your child requires emotional and behavioural support for example, the school can use this funding to supply this support from either an ‘In House’ or external service. We would recommend that you talk to your child’s school about this.
Education providers can also use Pupil Premium Plus to purchase special education services. Pupil Premium Plus for looked after children recognises the impact of trauma and loss in children’s lives and how schools have a key role in supporting children who have had this difficult start to their lives.
Pupil Premium Plus is currently £2300 per child, per year. Early Years Pupil Premium is also available as additional funding within early years settings and this funding equates to £302.10 per year. Pupil Premium Plus is available to pupils from reception to Year 11 who are in local authority care and who have been adopted, left care under a Special Guardianship Order (SGO) or left care under a Child Arrangements Order. This funding is available to all children who are adopted from the care system.
How is funding accessed? In order for schools to access this funding parents and guardians must have declared their child’s adoptive, SGO or CAO status directly to the school. Parents and guardians must provide evidence for example, a copy of legal order for example should suffice.

Are our Fostering and Adoption Services not quite what you’re looking for? Take a look at our other services around children’s mental health support in Plymouth and other children’s services we offer; Behavioural Support in Plymouth, Befriending, Counselling for children, Child contact and Child protection.

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Office Administration Address:

Brighter Futures South West
Unit 1, Bridge Court, Kingsmill Road, Saltash PL12 6LS

Telephone: 07495 939542

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