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Parenting Traumatised Children

3 to 4 July 2020

Course times: 10.00-16.00

Family Futures has been working with and supporting adoptive, foster, and special guardian families for over 20 years, developing an expertise in working with children and young people who have experienced significant trauma. We have worked closely with other experts in the field, particularly Dan Hughes and Bryan Post. Our work is based on the simple message that traumatised children are driven by fear. This is an easy concept to understand but much harder to turn into practical parenting.

This course is delivered by a Social Worker and a Therapist, both based at Family Futures. This course has been developed for parents and carers who are parenting traumatised children, supporting you to make sense of your experience of parenting and providing caring and empathetic ways that you can approach even the most challenging behaviours. This course runs for two days, 10am-4pm.

*It is ideal to attend all of the parent training’s as they link well together, however each training has been thoughtfully created to be delivered individually too.

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Course objectives

This course will give you an overview of the effects of trauma on children’s behaviour and the impact this can have on family life, and of restorative parenting.  The course will provide you with strategies and tools to help you support your child and connect with and respond to their needs.

What skills will you take away?

You will:

  • learn about the effects of trauma on child development and subsequent behaviour;
  • take away practical strategies and tools to support you and your child;
  • take away answers to some of your questions about how to help your own child, both from the expert practitioners leading the day and tried-and-tested ideas from other parents;
  • learn how to respond better to the fear driving the child’s behaviour whilst remaining empathetic;
  • learn to understand your own regulatory system and responses better.

Who should attend?

Parents, carers and relatives of an adopted or fostered child.


Sarah Taylor, Senior Social Worker, Permanency Service Team Leader

Sarah began her career working with the under-fives before qualifying as a Social Worker in 1994. She has worked with children and their families in different settings including Social Services, Youth Justice, Women’s Refuge, Fostering and Adoption. Sarah has also worked in Further Education, teaching on Childcare and Social Care Courses.  Sarah’s passion and primary focus for the last 14 years has been working with families who are parenting children with a history of early trauma.


Stephen Mulley, Senior Practitioner, Dance Movement Psychotherapist

Stephen started his career as an Occupational Therapist, working in a variety of mental health settings in the NHS with adults, families, children and young people. As a Dance Movement Psychotherapist he continued to work in NHS mental health services, as well as the charity sector working with families. Outside of these roles he has worked on a voluntary basis for a number of charities supporting children and young people. At Family Futures he works with families as part of the treatment service, as well as the assessment service, carrying out in-depth assessments for families seeking support and therapy.



Family Futures CIC
3 & 4 Floral Place
7 - 9 Northampton Grove
London N1 2PL

Course times: 10am - 4:30pm


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