Adoptionplus Therapeutic Social Work Service is based at the PACE Place in North London.

The team provides a range of interventions including: Dyadic Developmental Practice (DDP) based family work; DDP informed consultation service for parents and professionals; DDP informed Therapeutic Life Story Work; Nurturing Attachments Group Programmes; Foundation for Attachments Group Programmes; and groups for adopted teenagers.

A key element of our service is also working closely with Local Authorities supporting the application of a DDP approach within Local Authority practice.

The knowledge and skills gained by the Local Authority Social Workers continue to be used once the commissioned service has ended, thus providing continuity of approach for families.

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy/Practice

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy promotes Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy within child/parent relationships. This nurturing intervention is supportive of children who have suffered trauma and abuse and the adoptive parents who care for them. 
Its focus is on helping children make sense of early trauma within the context of a safe relationship with their adoptive parents. This helps to promote childrens’ mental health and their ability to develop trusting relationships. 
The ability to make and maintain healthy relationships is key for all children as they grow into adulthood. 

Specialist Provision for Adopted Teenagers

We are aware that there is a significant need for therapeutic services for adopted teenagers and their families. Adolescence can be an incredibly challenging time for adopted young people and their parents and families are often in desperate need of effective services. 
We believe that the most important resource for adopted teenagers is their parents and understand that support for both parents and young people is vital. Our Nurturing Attachments Groups, DDP based family work, life story work and groups for teenagers provide a specialised and focused approach to the needs of families caring for adopted teenagers.


This innovative approach supports social workers by providing them with an enhanced knowledge base in relation to trauma and child development as well as supporting effective skills in working with children and their families.

“It made me feel that you’re not alone and someone’s listening to you"

"It’s given me insight to better know my children, and to look behind why they might be behaving in a certain way."

"I have become more confident in my decisions..."

“This group has been a life line, it changed my life.”



Contact Us

If you are interested in finding out more about our therapeutic social work service please contact

0208 0909 081

Team Manager


The PACE Place

Allenson House

Weston Park

London N8 9TB