TESSA in Scotland is an early intervention programme that helps adoptive parents achieve better outcomes for their children by giving them early access to a clinical psychologist and peer support.

It is based on the understanding that a child’s relationship with his or her parents or carers is one of the main keys to their development, and is founded on the principle of helping families, not fixing children. 

There are three elements at the core of TESSA:

  1. Parent consultation with TESSA clinical psychologist.
  2. Matching with Parent Partner for weekly peer support.
  3. Parent Reflective Group (6 fortnightly sessions).

Once a family has engaged with the core of TESSA their case will be reviewed to see whether it is appropriate to offer any further enhanced support.

How TESSA works

Please note that TESSA is an early-to-mid-level intervention support service and is not suitable for families in deep crisis or at risk of children leaving the family home prematurely.

TESSA does not replace statutory provision and is designed to add value to existing adoption services.

Referrals to TESSA are made by your social worker – you can request that they refer your family. If they require further information and a referral form please ask them to contact us at [email protected]

Download more information:

TESSA in Scotland  - Guide for Adoptive Parents

TESSA in Scotland – Information for Social Workers

TESSA is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund

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