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Other specialist services

The following interventions can only be accessed where a social worker has completed an assessment of need and recommends that additional therapy is required. These interventions may be funded through the Adoption Support Fund (ASF). The ASF criteria are subject to change.

  • Specialist Assessment
  • Theraplay
  • Play Therapy
  • Sensory therapy
  • Creative therapies
  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP)
  • Filial Therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing
  • Extensive Therapeutic Life Story Work
  • Non Violent Resistance

Clinical Psychology Service

The ACE Clinical Psychology Service was introduced in October 2021 and is initially in place for two years. Complementing the services available from the ACE social work teams, the service can support and advise adopters in the following ways:  

  • 1:1 consultation for prospective adopters pre-matching with a named child – to help to understand the implications of the child’s past history and what this means for parenting the child. 
  • 1:1 consultation for adoptive parents, alongside their ACE social worker, to discuss any issue or behaviour of concern. This has the potential to lead to further appointments over the short term if appropriate. This might also be useful where several therapies have taken place but things feel 'stuck' and adopters would value a different professional opinion on what might help their child and family. 
  • Co-delivery of training with the ACE Therapeutic Team to focus on a range of therapeutic interventions and what might be appropriate in different scenarios. Also, the delivery of training on mental health and self-harm in adopted people and appropriate parenting strategies.  
  • Specialist assessments where funding has been agreed through the Adoption Support Fund. 

If you feel that your family would benefit from a consultation session and/or wish to attend the training please discuss this with your social worker or contact the ACE duty social worker on 0300 369 0556 and a referral can be made.