• Training for adoptive parents
    Therapeutic parenting courses, for example, or the secure base/safebase parenting programme
  • Specialist Assessment that meets all of the criteria below:

    • An in-depth assessment of the child and family’s needs with a focus on trauma and attachment, and how this demonstrates the links to the assessment of support needs.
    • Led and undertaken by a qualified clinician(s).
    • For the purposes of the ASF, a qualified clinician would be someone who diagnoses and treats patients; is suitably qualified and is licensed to practice via a regulator such as the Health and Care Professional Council e.g. a trained Clinical Psychologist or Attachment Psychotherapist.
    • Result in a therapeutic support plan for the child(ren) / family.

     The following are not in scope of the Fund:

    • Standalone assessments for single conditions, e.g. ADHD, FASD, autism, sensory integration, unless they are part of a wider specialist assessment which meets the criteria for the Specialist Assessment FAL i.e. are in depth, covering trauma and attachment, led and undertaken by a qualified clinician and resulting in a therapeutic support plan. 
    • Standalone specialist assessments, including any baselining specialist assessments, are also out of scope of the Therapy Fair Access Limit. 
    • A general social work assessment of adoption/SGO support needs remains the responsibility of the local authority/regional adoption agency. 
  • Multi-Disciplinary packages of support
  • Psychotherapy 
  • Attachment therapy
  • Solution Focussed brief therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for the child
  • Brain mapping
  • Systemic Family Therapy
  • Video Interaction Guidance
  • Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy.
    Integrative method of psychotherapy developed for the treatment of children and young people who manifest serious psychological problems associated with complex trauma and serious failure to establish secure patterns of attachment.
  • Theraplay
    Interactive play between child/young person and parent to strengthen the parent-child attachment. Sessions guided by a therapist.
  • Filial therapy
    Specific type of play therapy where the parent usually conducts the session.
  • Creative Therapies
  • Play therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Drama therapy
  • Lego therapy
  • Dance Movement Therapy
  • MIM - Marschak Interaction Method (common theraplay) – is in scope when part of an application for therapy, where the MIM is used as a measurement tool.

  • Story stem is in scope when part of an application for therapy where the Story Stem is used as a measurement tool.

  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
    Psychological treatment method which stimulates the brain to reduce intensity of distressing memories, for example a therapist asking a child to move their eyes from left to right to stimulate blocked information.
  • Sensory integration therapy
  • Non-violent resistance training
    A psychological approach for overcoming destructive, aggressive, controlling and risk-taking behaviour.
  • Therapy such as those mentioned above, when provided as part of a short break, course or package.
  • Therapy such as those mentioned above, when commissioned pre-adoption but delivery extends post-adoption order.
  • Therapeutic support where the child is under a section 20 order and the plan is for the child to be reunited with their adoptive parents.
  • Extensive therapeutic life story work
  • Life story work with a therapeutic intervention
    Where therapy is used to help the young person understand and cope with the trauma and difficulties that their life story work might revisit.