Not Again, Little Owl

Dr Vivien Norris


A children’s story book for adopters, carers and professionals working with children who are moving to a new family.


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Not Again, Little Owl is a children’s picture book that has been written for children who are moving from a temporary to a permanent family. Having to move family is profoundly difficult for everyone involved. It can be hard to know how best to talk to children facing this situation.

The aim of the story is to capture the core emotional components of the child’s experience and to generate conversation and support. You may be a parent, carer or professional helper. This story can be used in preparation for a family move and afterwards to develop the child’s understanding.

About the author: Vivien Norris is a clinical psychologist and is dual qualified in both TheraplayⓇ and DDP as a practitioner, supervisor and trainer. She worked in the NHS for twenty years, specialising in therapeutic work with families and is the founder and director of The Family Place.

By Your Side Training Package: Not Again, Little Owl forms part of a wider training package developed by The Family Place called By Your Side, an attachment and trauma-based approach to facilitating transitions to a new family.


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Publisher: The Family Place
Type: Paperback

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Vivien is a Director and Founder of The Family Place, a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Music Therapist. Fully Certified in both Theraplay® and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) as a practitioner, supervisor and trainer.

Published reviews

Stories are such an important tool for helping children to understand and to feel understood. This is a delightfully illustrated story which will be of great help for children who unfortunately have to face moving too many times. Believing that the final family is permanent is so hard for these children. Knowing that others understand this through sharing this story will be very supportive, allowing the child to feel more secure, little by little.

Kim Golding CBE, Clinical Psychologist
Trainer, Consultant & Practitioner in DDP

It is about time that there was a story like this that lets children see that somebody gets it.

Sally Bell
Adoptive parent

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