Therapeutic Parenting

Therapeutic Parenting at Pebbles Care

The therapeutic approach at Pebbles Care is underpinned by the principles of Therapeutic Parenting. This means we build safe, strong relationships that have high levels of structure and high levels of nurture. We understand that this approach helps create a sense of safety and belonging for the children and young people we care for. Our trained teams understand the importance of how an environment should look and feel in supporting children and young people to regulate their emotions.

Our therapeutic milieu is a twenty-four-hour approach. This means that we use our relationships, rituals, and routines alongside therapeutic activities to promote social and emotional development in every interaction. This allows those we care for to build healthy coping skills.

We encourage our teams to be playful and have fun with the children and young people in our care. We are accepting of their needs, wishes and desires. We encourage team members to be gently curious about thoughts and feelings, and to be empathic when children are finding life a little tough.

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Our therapeutic milieu is a twenty-four-hour approach. This means that we use our relationships, rituals, and routines alongside therapeutic activities to promote social and emotional development.

Sharron Reilly
Head of Psychology

Training & Support

We have a dedicated ‘Therapeutic Parenting’ trainers’ group, who have extensive academic and practical experience of trauma-informed practice in residential child care. Our training replaces institutional ‘key working’ concepts in favour of natural needs-led therapeutic activities, supported by a comprehensive ’Therapeutic Activities’ workbook.

All residential and education teams are trained in the Therapeutic Parenting model and have a clear understanding of risks and needs in those we care for. Consisting of fourteen modules underpinned by attachment, trauma, ecological and child development theories, we build capacity, confidence, and competence in all our employees. 

Team members learn the application of Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity, and Empathy (PACE model) in their interactions. Training modules are revisited and linked to practice through supervision and professional development. Reflective practice takes place in between modules to ensure that everyone can apply theoretical concepts meaningfully in how they care.

We introduce medical diagnoses that may appear as trauma symptoms to enable our people to see behavioural problems through the lens of the complex interactions that are at play between biological, psychological, and social circumstances. This prevents us from labelling children and young people.

We ensure that care teams know the symptoms of vicarious trauma and we promote self-awareness and reflective practice through supervision, continuous professional learning and development, team meetings, consultancy days and the appraisal process.

Our training encourages individuals to be mindful of the impact of their behaviour on the wider team, promoting a healthy group dynamic that builds respect, accountability, and a sense of social responsibility.

Psychological consultancy is available to enable teams to continue to learn and develop their knowledge and skill of therapeutic parenting approaches.


Well-informed assessment improves our ability to care safely and effectively. Based upon the principles of Psychological Formulation, we have developed an assessment and formulation that recognises the interaction between the biological, psychological, and social circumstances influencing an individual’s life.

We understanding the needs and risks of our young people to shape care planning, therapeutic activities, and risk management.

Our Psychology team train and support residential managers to develop a therapeutic assessment and formulation for all young people. Young people can also request additional support in the form of psychological assessments, if needed. Assistant psychologists support teams in providing specific therapeutic interventions.

Forensic risk assessment for young people who display a high risk of harm to self or others can also be undertaken using a structured professional judgement approach.

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If you would like to talk to us about our therapeutic parenting model and approach to caring for young people, please use the form below.

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