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Meet the NATP Team 

NATP LIMITED (t/a National Association of Therapeutic Parenting) Not for Profit Organisation.

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The NATP exists 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 and Worldwide, regardless of whether they are Foster Carers, Adopters, Kinship Carers, Special Guardians, Step Parents, or Birth parents.

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Meet the NATP Team


Sair Penna

Director & Founding Member.


Shannon Carter

Empathic Receptionist & Members Enquiry Line


Sara Dowling

Volunteer Support Administrator.


Emma Edwards



Dave Edwards

Trained Empathic Listener.

Trudy Firks 

Membership Communications and Client Liaison Officer.


Rosie Lunn

Trained Empathic Listener.

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"I would like to thank, from the bottom of my heart, all the staff of the National Association of Therapeutic Parents (NATP) who support me in our mission to provide effective support to all Therapeutic Parents and change lives for children who have suffered trauma.

I would also like to thank the parents who contribute every day to our Facebook group and give us all such great inspiration and ideas. I would particularly like to thank all the moderators and volunteers who help to empathetically support Therapeutic Parents in their journey through the NATP, and our workshops, training and online for all the wise words and encouragement they share so selflessly and voluntarily every day.

Most of all, I would like to thank my husband, who became one of the most patient, resourceful therapeutic parents I have ever met, and my children, who are the joy of my life, for teaching me more about therapeutic parenting than any expert ever could."


- Sarah Naish, The Founder of NATP.

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