Child Therapy Service CIC is a not-for-profit social enterprise dedicated to promoting emotional health and well-being for children, families, and professionals who support them.

We provide evidence-based therapeutic intervention tools that address the underlying causes of dysregulation.


In 2023, approximately 1 in 5 children and young people between the ages of 8 and 25 were estimated to have a probable mental disorder. Statistics are showing:

  • A 48% increase in school exclusions between 2022 and 2023.
  • A disproportionate of children excluded from school have a special educational need.
  • Children encountering challenges at school are because of mental health struggles.
  • In 2022/23, 22.3% of pupils (1.6 million pupils) were estimated to be ‘persistently absent’ from school
  • More than a quarter of a million (270,300) children and young people are still waiting for mental health support after being referred to CAMHs in 2022-23
  • 372,800 children and young people had their CAMHs referral closed before accessing support due to not meeting the threshold.

Sources: Statistics Gov.UK, NHS Digital, Children’s Commissioner, House of Commons

Introducing Bounce

Bounce is a Polyvagal-Informed Scale that shifts the narrative away from reactive behaviour management systems and focuses instead on addressing the root cause: a dysregulated nervous system.

Children facing suspension, risk of exclusion, and emotionally-based school avoidance are experiencing burnout because their nervous systems are being triggered into heightened states of stress without their awareness or understanding.

This automatic survival system inhibits their ability to think rationally, focus on learning, use effective self-regulation strategies, or build healthy relationships.

On the outside, we see aggression and avoidance, while internally, these children are in a survival state and completely overwhelmed.

Bounce provides children with a visual representation of their internal states – to not only educate them about their unique nervous system but also empower them to strengthen and build inner capacity.

From – I can’t, towards … with your help, I can try.

Whole Child Framework

Understanding and supporting children to thrive requires a trauma-informed developmental framework that considers their entire being: their internal nervous system, sensory preferences, and relationships with others.

By examining each of these aspects and taking a holistic approach – we put the child at the centre of everything, effectively address their needs and implement interventions for lasting change.

The Whole Child Framework delves into why a child’s nervous system might feel dysregulated, using Bounce as our guide. We explore the internal factors, understanding what triggers feelings of unsafety, as well as the external factors in their environment that contribute to dysregulation. We also focus on the in-between space, considering how we can build a supportive team around the child to aid in their healing process.

By considering all these areas, we aim to be a catalyst for positive change.

Through specialist interventions, we strive to integrate this knowledge and create a comprehensive plan to build greater capacity, help the child move beyond survival and into a state of thriving.


Assess Need

To gain a thorough understanding of the child’s specific needs, we suggest completing our non-diagnostic Whole Child Provision Tracker.

This information will help create the child’s Individual Whole Child Provision Map, determine necessary training, and identify the most suitable intervention for the child.

Buy Resources

We prioritise addressing root causes rather than offering quick fixes, focusing on the holistic needs of the whole child.

Through our Bounce© approach, we provide downloadable resources aimed at assisting children in:

  • Recognising and identifying when their system is triggered
  • Exploring and labelling these physical sensations
  • Connecting to and expanding their emotional capacity
  • Exploring the protective parts that became activated to keep them safe
  • Identifying and exploring effective tools to soothe their system
  • Exploring ways to repair and resolve conflict to rebuild relationships

Attend Training

We provide training to give you the knowledge and tools required to address the developmental needs of children.

We understand that when children are dysregulated, they struggle to acquire the necessary skills to navigate their environment effectively. Therefore, our aim is to provide you with the tools to bridge these gaps.

Our training sessions are accessible through various formats, including live events, recorded webinars, or via our Members’ Hub library.

Recognising that not all children can articulate their emotions verbally, we offer inclusive interventions to ensure that every child’s voice is heard and their needs are met.

Join Our Hubs

For some children, a single resource or intervention meets their emotional needs. However, for others, a more holistic approach is needed.

As such, we have created a Members’ Hub for families, professionals, and schools

With access to all live events, a library of resources, recorded webinars, practical strategies, regulating music programmes, and interventions – it gives users everything they need to support the developmental needs of every child.

Receive Support

In addition to accessing resources, attending training, and joining our Membership, we also offer support to everyone surrounding the child.

Our support services include:

It takes a village to raise a child and we support everyone in it.

Based on 138 reviews
Hazel Anderson
Hazel Anderson
I attended the online Lego Feelings Therapy course with Tracy. It was very informative of the benefits of this type of therapy and how to use it with young people as an alternative to talking therapy. As a Pastoral Support worker, supporting young people with their mental health and emotional regulation, this was an invaluable piece of training to add a different cog to the therapy experience and act as a hook for those interested in Lego, or that find talking about their emotions directly quite difficult. Tracy was warm, friendly and personable. Thank you.
Rachael McFarlane
Rachael McFarlane
I found the session with Tracy very insightful and appreciated the trauma-informed knowledge for the delivery of Lego-based interventions. Great resources too I look forward to using them, thank you!
Mrs C Broom
Mrs C Broom
Great visual training which sung to me as a visual learner. Loved the window of tolerance Lego version. Thank you
kelly bendon
kelly bendon
Amazing training attachment informed and so functional
Karen Pearce
Karen Pearce
I just attended the Lego Therapy Intervention course and I have learned so much. Thank you for all of the resources that will be extremely valuable for myself and the children I work with. Highly recommended!
Kirsty Webster
Kirsty Webster
Super training with such a knowledgeable practitioner. Engaging, interesting and full of strategies and techniques I was able to take away and start implementing straight away! I’d highly recommend this to everyone looking to add creative skills to their tool kit - just wonderful!
J Hopkins
J Hopkins
Thank you so much Tracey for the great Art Therapy training that you did tonight. I'm really looking forward to using the tools with the young people that i support
Gemma Mills
Gemma Mills
Training is amazing and the resources are wonderful too...

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