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P.A.C.E. & Trauma Informed Care

The PACE model is now recognised as an effective model of care for fostering agencies, residential settings and schools. It is our most sort after course, with consistently outstanding feedback. PACE has helped thousands of participants understand the children in their care on a much deeper level, whilst also learning how their own thoughts, feelings and needs impact their communication patterns.

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PACE Therapeutic Parenting

What is PACE training?

PACE training is needed to enable social care professionals to offer truly Therapeutic Care to children with complex needs.

Developed by the Clinical psychologist Dan Hughes, the PACE model of Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy helps the key adults around the child to form secure attachments with the child and build a safe space for open communication. This creates the ideal environment for positive behaviour change.

Those seeking to be certified in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) are invited to visit the founder’s website.

What does PACE stand for?:


Use a light-hearted, reassuring tone - similar to parent-infant interactions - to create an atmosphere of safety and reassurance where no one feels judged, and the child can cope with positive feelings.


Acceptance is about actively communicating that you accept the feelings, thoughts and internal struggles underneath the child's outward behaviour. It is not about accepting the behaviour but helping teach the child not to feel ashamed of their inner turmoil.


Curiosity, without judgement, is how we help children become aware of their inner life. It's about wondering out loud without necessary expecting an answer in return. Phrases like "I wonder if..." will help the child to name their thoughts and emotions.


Feeling a child's sadness or distress and being emotionally available to them during times of difficulty shows the child that they are not alone and that the adult is strong enough to support them.

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The results of an integrated PACE way of working

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These sessions can be accessed from a phone or laptop.

They are nothing like e-learning! The training is live and interactive. Participants can ask and answer questions just as they would in face-to-face training.