Who We Are


National Association

of Therapeutic Parents

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

Organisation. Registered Number is 10705603



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.

Sarah Naish

Founder & Committee Member

Adopter and therapeutic parent. Author of best-selling therapeutic parenting books for parents and children. MD of an independent training company. Former owner/MD of Ofsted 'Outstanding' therapeutic fostering agency. Former social worker. Commissioned and funded research into compassion fatigue in fostering with University of Bristol.

Rosie Jefferies

Managing Director & Founding Committee Member

Former child in care (CIC). Therapeutically re-parented to adulthood. Co-author of best-selling therapeutic parenting children's books. Trainer and speaker at conferences and seminars. Training Co-ordinator for Online and Face to Face training. Former Panel Member. Former Early Years Supervisor.

Jane Mitchell

Director & Founding Committee Member

Adopter. Independent trainer in adoption, fostering and social care. Trainer for Adoption UK. Former tutor in Health and Social Care. NVR trainer. First class degree in Childcare and Education. Assessor / Tutor for the Diploma in Therapeutic Parenting. Author of adoption related published articles and Diploma in Therapeutic Parenting - The Handbook. 

Liza Barry

Safeguarding Officer

Single Parent Adopter. CAFCASS Officer. Child Protection Social Worker working with looked after children, and children in the community. Specialities include interest in teenage brain development and attachment theory. Volunteers in the community with refugees and asylum seekers, and is interested in the effects of trauma in those groups.

Sair (Sarah) Penna

Director & Founding Committee Member

Practicing Therapeutic Bio Parent. Head of Centre for Diploma in Therapeutic Parenting. Trainer and Facilitator. Director of Independent Training Company. Former Lecturer in Early Years, Health and Social Care and E2FEE. Former Parenting Tutor for young people and families. Former External Reader for EdExcel Childcare and Parenting programmes. Former Early Years Preschool Coordinator. HND in Early Childhood Studies, BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies, PGCE and Assessor.

Sarah Dillon

Founding Committee Member

Therapist and accredited member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists. Founding Committee Member of the National Association of Therapeutic Parents. Child and Adult Therapist for those with attachment difficulties, complex and developmental trauma. Foundations for Attachments and Nurturing Attachments Course Facilitator. EMDR Therapist. Developmental Trauma and Attachment Consultant for numerous independent Fostering Agencies, Schools and Local Authorities. Delivering Therapeutic Parenting training courses to Adoptive Parents, Foster Parents and Supporting Professionals Nationwide. Fostering Panel Chair. Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Informed Practitioner. Accredited Trainer.


My background is that of a looked after child. I spent most of my childhood in the care system. Having had 4 foster placements and spending time in 4 children's homes, I was finally placed with a foster parent who through exceptional patience, love and support enabled me to begin to value myself and recover from trauma.

I have four children of my own and five grandchildren.

Dr Niki Taylor

Committee Member

Bio parent and adopter. Community General Adult Psychiatrist for a Mental Health Foundation Trust in North East England. Particular interest in transitional psychiatry, particularly ADHD, ASD, Attachment Disorder and Childhood Trauma. Trainer in Attachment Disorder and Childhood Trauma. Teacher on the GP, Foundation and Specialist Trainee Programmes. Curriculum Advisor for a local Undergraduate Medicine course and Postgraduate Physicians Associate course.

Emma Edwards

Director & Committee Member

Therapeutic parent and adopter. Virtual listening circle co-ordinator, Advice line manager, International Super Mentor and Listening Circle Co-ordinator. Former early years practitioner and childminder working alongside a positive parenting coach delivering workshops to parents. Former business owner, PA and administrator for a chain of nurseries. Qualifications in business administration, customer service and child development.


"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 A-Z of Therapeutic Parenting

NATP Ltd trading as

The National Association of Therapeutic Parents with company registration number 10705603.

01453 519 000

The Priory, Long Street, Dursley, Gloucestershire,

GL11 4HR