Specialist and flexible therapeutic interventions for families

Welcome to The Family Place, a registered Adoption Support Service that believes every family deserves quality services

The Family Place

Strengthening relationships between children, young people and the adults caring for them

Our offices are based in Wales and South West England

  • It makes a huge difference to have the support of a strong professional advocate when dealing with multi agency meetings

  • Simply put, the support we have received from The Family Place is what has kept us together as a family. We are so privileged to work with such a highly skilled and sensitive practitioner, who helps us understand and develop ourselves and our family

    Adoptive parent

Training with us

We provide a wide range of accredited training courses and workshops for professionals and for parents and carers. We can also develop bespoke training for teams on request. We routinely receive outstanding feedback about the quality of our courses and trainers and a number of our team train internationally.

Looking for a specific type of training?

By Your Side

DDP Level One and Two

Theraplay® Level 1 and 2

Our Resources

Not Again, Little Owl

Not Again, Little Owl is a picture book written for children who may have faced several moves.

This story can be used in preparation for a family move and afterwards to develop the child’s understanding.

By Your Side is an attachment and trauma-informed model for supporting children and the adults who care for them when a child has to move family. ​

Created by Vivien Norris, By Your Side is a coherent support package. It has a clear training programme for practitioners who want to use the model and a supervision pathway. There is a workshop for parents and carers and a comprehensive set of different support resources for all involved. 

Find out more about By Your Side

About the Model




  • This book is a gift to all the children who must make this difficult transition, and to all the dedicated adults who are willing to step up and support them on their journey.

    Phyllis Booth
    Co-developer of TheraplayⓇ
  • In ‘By Your Side’ Viv Norris has written an essential guide for all those involved in helping a child transition from one family to another.

    Kim Golding CBE, Clinical Psychologist
    Trainer, Consultant & Practitioner in DDP
  • Dr Norris is the leader in this field and her book should be on the shelf of every social worker worldwide.

    Dafna Lender, LCSW
    The TheraplayⓇ Institute Program Director

The Family Place has a close working relationship with The Family Place Foundation

Find out more

Please get in touch to find out more about our approach, how we work and to make a referral.