Child & Family Wellbeing

For the Apricot Centre WELLBEING SERVICE Please find us now on our new website:

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The Apricot Centre (CIC) Wellbeing Service for Children and Families offers assessments and specialist interventions for children, young people and families with complex needs, as well as less intensive care farm approaches to wellbeingThe Apricot Team approach involves experienced camhs practitioners from different fields collaborating to deliver high quality therapies and support. We have psychiatry, clinical psychology, process oriented psychology, child & adolescent psychotherapy, art psychotherapy, mental heal nursing, social work and counselling. 

Our staff aim to put you at ease and make sure you are safe, listened to, and understood. We don't want you to feel judged or 'less than' for your difficulties, and we will collaborate with you and your support networks towards your wellbeing.

A Local Authority Manager

"I would also like to say personally how pleased I am that .... has responded so well to this intervention. It has turned his life around both in placement and school where he was at risk of permanent exclusion."

The Apricot Centre Wellbeing Service is registered as a service provider with the Care Quality Commission under the Health and Social Care Act 2008

The registered manager is Mark O'Connell mark.o'


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Mary Fleming - Administrator for the Wellbeing Service - 07756 821123

The Vision for the Apricot Centre Wellbeing Service is to enhance the wellbeing of children and families through; providing specialist therapeutic services and through nature-based carefarm activities. We like to work with children with complex life circumstances as is common in adoption, fostering, residential care, special guardianship, care arrangement orders, and also with children who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Our Vision:

  1. For young people to have an increased experience of wellbeing
  2. For carers and professionals - to facilitate (‘make easier’) and enhance your capacity to care while deepening your own experience of wellbeing
  3. For families a deepening sense of ‘home’ and ‘belonging’ through valuing diversity in individuals and relationships
  4. A further vision is to discover the benefits of improved relationships with food and nature.

What is Wellbeing?  Wellbeing means different things to different people. Our approach to wellbeing is in discovering what makes us feel well or 'at home'; in ourselves, in our families/communities, and in our relationship with nature. Wellbeing work can help build esteem, a sense of meaning, belonging or ‘being at home’ in oneself, enhancing emotional and physical health, also improving relationship and community interactions. 

How can the service benefit you?

How can accountable professionals benefit?

  • Holistic and child-focussed
  • Accountable service
  • Responsive
  • Accessible
  • Measureable and outcome focussed
  • Transparency and value for money

How can children benefit?

  • A safe space with someone who will listen to you
  • Reducing levels of worry and distress
  • Opportunities for increasing enjoyment and wellbeing
  • Help with communication and relationships
  • Feeling safer and more secure

How can parents and families benefit?

  • Advice and support
  • Respect and being heard
  • Helping children feel part of their family and community
  • Enabling families to resolve distress

Services and Interventions

  • Initial Assessments
  • Complex Mental Health Assessments
  • Specialist Court Assessments
  • Psychiatric Consultations
  • Clinical Psychology Consultations
  • Specialist Therapeutic Interventions 
  • Relationship Work - Couples, parents, siblings
  • Family Therapy - Family work
  • Enhanced Family and Foster Carers Support – Holistic/wraparound approach
  • Children's Homes Consultations and Training
  • Schools - Consultations and Training  - Relating to an individual child or general preventative support around developmental, trauma and attachment difficulties
  • Wraparound therapeutic support (preferably in partnership with carers, educationalists, corporate parents, social workers)
  • Meta-vision for Carers and Corporate Parents
  • Wellbeing Mentors
  • Carefarm Packages

Why Specialist Therapies?  Children and families who have experienced high levels of attachment or developmental difficulties, trauma, abuse, and loss can benefit from working with our therapists experienced in these areas. We offer initial assessments, complex mental health assessments, interventions and therapeutic packages, working with individuals (children or adults), with relationships (carer/child, siblings, professional/child), and at a systems level (family work, multi-disciplinary approaches, schools work, residential homes support etc..). Our specialist therapeutic work is process-oriented whereby interventions are developed from the nature of feedback in those receiving support. We operate with the greatest respect towards the unique and unfolding processes of the children and families we work with, as well as working on ourselves as professionals through peer support and high quality supervision. We specialise in working with Looked-after and Adopted Children, Special Guardianship, Child Arrangement Orders, and Kinship Care arrangements. Our process-oriented, trauma and attachment informed approaches will also be relevant to other children and families struggling with emerging difficulties. We are experienced in supporting parents and carers with complex parenting tasks. Also working with corporate parents, schools, health and social care organisation, towards the wellbeing of young people.