The NATP is a not-for-profit organisation, formed in March 2017 in response to a
need identified from;
Important research * which was requested by the Commons Select
Committee to be heard in evidence as part of the central government’s
Feedback from the social media network of over 8000 Therapeutic Parents
and supporting professionals (now over 26,000).
Over many training events, seminars, conferences, and workshops carried out
throughout the U.K. with foster carers, adopters, kinship carers, step parents,
special guardians, and biological parents of children who had suffered trauma
Most parents and carers were found to be dealing with the same central
Difficulties managing the behaviour of children who had suffered trauma
Difficulties in accessing correct information about the effects of trauma on
Difficulties in gaining the understanding and support of others about their
Lack of knowledge around the impact on themselves, regarding caring for
traumatised children, and how to minimise those effects
Feelings of isolation
Feelings of being blamed, misunderstood and unsupported
Feeling unable to continue caring for the child or children.
Many parents did not have any central support system in place at all.
It was decided, therefore, by members of the committee, to form an organisation
to help all parents caring for traumatised children, to be able to access resources
and pool information about available services, regardless of their legal status.
The suggestion was met by exceptional positivity within the social media site,
(Therapeutic Parents) which had grown from 120 members to 26,000+ in less
than three years.
Aims and Mission Statement
The Aims of the NATP are:
To assist Therapeutic Parents in gaining the specialist knowledge, skills,
insight, and strategies required for effective therapeutic parenting,
To guide Therapeutic Parents towards effective and relevant support,
especially in relation to minimising the effects of compassion fatigue
To promote and assist cohesive partnerships between therapeutic Parents
and supporting professionals
To improve outcomes for all our children.
To provide support, education, and resources for Therapeutic Parents and
supporting professionals relating to therapeutic parenting, effective
interventions, compassion fatigue and the effects of early life trauma.
To promote better outcomes for children who have suffered early life trauma,
by significantly improving the consistency and quality of support available to
Therapeutic Parents in the UK, regardless of whether they are Foster Carers,
Adopters, Kinship Carers, Special Guardians, Step Parents, or Birth parents.
The NATP also provides information and resources for supporting
professionals with Associate Membership, including:
Local Authority Social Workers
Fostering and Adoption agencies
The NATP is independent and is not affiliated to any:
Independent Fostering Agency
Independent Adoption Agency
Local Authority fostering or adoption team
The NATP endorses partner services such as training and therapeutic services,
where these have been recommended by members and accepted as endorsements
by the NATP committee.
The NATP may extend recommendations to any other service associated with
therapeutic parenting in the future.