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The golden strand of therapeutic parenting throughout our company stems from the model of DDP (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy) alongside attachment theory. This model of PLACE works with Play, Love, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy to enable young people to move forward with past trauma and attachment difficulties. We believe in practicing our model through every level of our company.


‘DDP values empathy with the intentional building of safe, positive and genuine relationships with children, families and between staff. The philosophy and work is about alliance not compliance, and acceptance not judgement. Distressed children and teenagers need to learn that adults can be safe and fun to be with. Keeping the child close builds trust, allows appropriate independence and aids the teaching of new skills. This offers the child a secure platform from which to develop. The clear message given by staff is “I can take care of you, I will take care of you, and I want to take care of you.”


Providing in-service training in Dyadic Developmental Practice aids understanding of why the children behave as they do, and creates a robust framework for managers and staff to work together with a common purpose. This reduces their experience, oppositional behaviours as a personal attack and reduces conflict about ways of working with and caring for the child.


The ethos and core attitude of support with and amongst staff is Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy, with an emphasis on reflective practice and accountability. Structure and predictability are essential, and daily routines for young people are adhered to and change prepared for. Rituals for celebrating success, birthdays and anniversaries are in place and take account of the children's capacity to manage excitement and achievement. Opportunities to share positive experiences and have fun are in place. The children and young people experience seeking and accepting adult soothing and comfort, rather than aggression as the best ways of dealing with anxiety and stress. When children have 'fallen out' or behave dangerously with staff or with each other, safety and relationship repair are at the forefront of consequences.

Building Manager's and Staff's Capacity For Attachment-Focused Relationships S's to increase


  • Stable adult modelling – good, positive role modelling between staff

  • Stewardship – Management values and practice that facilitate an attitude of PACE, ownership and philosophy, belonging, appropriate autonomy and accountability

  • Safety – Physical and emotional, the adults are enabling a positive and playful emotional atmosphere

  • Structure – Regular team meetings with the focus on reflective practice and education/understanding; clear tasks, roles and responsibilities.

  • Supervision – Regular, formal and mentoring, supportive and accountable

  • Special  - Individual uniqueness, gifts and talents are recognised

  • Success – Specific positive feedback to staff

  • Smiling – A positive attitude

  • Seeking meaning – Curiosity about self and others

  • Sense of humour – Of course!

  • Story telling – a way of communication without lecturing

  • Sorry – adults need to acknowledge mistakes

  • Sleep – easily lost, crucial to develop and maintain

  • Support – for self, personal and professional 

S's to decrease


  • Shame – inhibits learning

  • Shouting – a negative attitude

  • Should – expecting staff to do things they are unable to do

  • Sarcasm – often a sneaky substitute for shouting

  • Secretiveness – speaking about others behind their backs’

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Belvoir Farmhouse

Belvoir Farm

Woolsthorpe Rd



NG13 0GN

TEL: 01949 836531

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