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Parent-Child Attachment Play

What is it?

Parent-Child Attachment Play is aimed at improving the attachment quality of the parent-child relationship using attachment mechanisms and play from aged three and upwards. A lighter version can be used for children under the age of three.

This intervention helps to build and repair the relationship between child and caregiver empowering caregivers as the agents of change thereby promoting engagement, attunement and positivity. 

The process

Parent-Child Attachment Play (PCAP) is a programme for primary carers. The PCAP practitioner works with the primary carer to develop child-oriented play skills and encourage the carers ability to contain the child in positive ways such as strengthening the attachment. Once these skills are in place, the practitioner helps the primary carer set up a short, structured playtime at home with the child supported by the practitioner.  

In the case of adopted children, or those placed under a Special Guardianship Order,  many of the listed  therapeutic interventions can be funded via the Adoption Support Fund (ASF).

Pupil Premium is also a source of funding - please refer to

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