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Welcome to Halliwell - A social enterprise delivering clinically informed practice.

Halliwell is a social enterprise offering "clinically informed practice" through the medium of education, fostering and residential care. Our objective is to enhance the psychological health of children within the care system. We are the UK's leading licensed practitioner of the Pillars of Parenting "authentic warmth" care programme.

At Halliwell we have a full range of CAMHS services suitable for complex needs children including psychiatric support from our retained Psychiatrist, Dr Malcolm Bourne. Through our accreditation to the Pillars of Parenting, we have ongoing access to a range of Chartered Psychologists who supply supervision, training, and support programmes appropriate to each placement. Whilst offering a safe and nurturing home, our aim is to address the child's needs moving beyond focusing on behaviour.
Free CPD Events Announced for 2016
Following on from the success of our free CPD events in 2015, a series of free events has now been confirmed for 2016. These one day CPD sessions will provide delegates with both a theoretical overview of the Restorative Parenting® practice model and a practical understanding of how Halliwell deliver the model in our residential, education and fostering support settings with oversight from our clinical team to achieve significantly improved outcomes for looked after children.

The dates and locations for events are as follows:

Lancaster – 27th January 2016

Wakefield – 17th February 2016

Stoke – 23rd March 2016

Warrington – 27th April 2016

Salford – 25th May 2016

Sheffield – 22nd June 2016

Places are very limited but guaranteed for professionals working for a local authority so if you are interested in attending an event, please complete this form (click here) and return it to Lunch and parking will be provided at the event.

Closing the academic achievement gap for looked after children
Professionals from across the education and health care sector attended the event at the University of Leeds to learn about the Restorative Parenting® model and how it's implementation improves academic achievement within the looked after sector.

Unfortunately, it is a proven statistic that looked after children do not achieve the same level of grades as their peers. This workshop looked at addressing this imbalance by understanding the causes before outlining an effective plan to aid our children to improve their educational achievements.

Educational Psychologist, Dr Margaret Bullock, explained how attachment theory, trauma recovery and positive psychology underpin the organisations' practice model. Within this she discussed the works of Rutter, Rohner, Cairns and Seligman and how their theories support Restorative Parenting.

Head of Education, Mathew Hargreaves, followed this thought provoking and informative session with his presentation on how the theory translates into practice. His lively session brought a series of questions on the feasibility of the programme which were evidenced with real life examples, educational trajections and improved levels of learning for looked after children.

"Very informed and experienced speakers." Anon, delegate.

"Far exceeded my expectations with practical knowledge that I can implement." Anon, delegate.

Implementing Restorative Parenting into residential practice
 “Interesting and thought provoking. Very knowledgeable and passionate speakers.”

The University of Liverpool hosted the latest Halliwell CPD day: Implementing Restorative Parenting® into residential practice. This introductory course provided a background to the Restorative Parenting® Recovery Programme and the model on which it is based, the Pillars of Parenting.

Dr Chris Robinson, Clinical Psychologist commenced the training day with his presentation: 'Achieving Positive Outcomes for Children who have suffered trauma through neglect, abuse and rejection'. He explored the importance of attachment, relationships, use of vocabulary and positive self perception. Within this he introduced the audience to the Pillars of Parenting, prior to exploring the latest research and studies on Predictive Adaptive Response and Toxic Childhood Stress. How higher levels of abuse and lower levels of parental warmth are associated with poorer health outcomes.

Practice Director Karen Mitchell-Mellor continued the session by examining and explaining what we as professionals know and recognise about working with children and how best practice is applied via people, procedure, environment and materials. Through these four areas the model acknowledges key aspects such as the importance of knowing the child, celebrating successes of the child and encouraging goals and ambitions.

Real life examples, current issues and personal experiences were explored and discussed throughout the day with honest and open accounts shared between the delegates and speakers alike.

"Excellent and stimulating course that has excited my need to change practice."

For further information on our next CPD training event, Applying the Restorative Parenting Model to become a more effective practitioner in an educational setting, please contact

Restorative Parenting workshop in Birmingham
"Informative, good knowledge and skill within the team, positive drive to supporting children."

Halliwell joined forces once again with the Pillars of Parenting to deliver an "Implementing  the Restorative Parenting Model into Residential Practice" training session at the University of Birmingham. The event was a combination of theoretical and practical based workshops with delegates from across the sector sharing experiences and knowledge.

Key speakers Colin Maginn, Director of the Pillars of Parenting, and Karen Mitchell-Mellor, Practice Director at Halliwell took the group on a reflective journey of parenting; how we as professional practitioners working in the care sector deliver recovery to the children in our residential homes. Colin introduced the Emotional Warmth Model of Professional Childcare, a practice model used by both organisations which looks at a variety of behaviours and what good parenting should look like. Hot topics included appropriate attachment, secure relationships and the ability to identify strengths and positive traits of all children, no matter how challenging their exhibiting behaviour is.

Karen followed Colin's presentation with discussions and examples of how Halliwell have used this model in practice integrating the environment, people, processes and materials to develop a psychologically led Restorative Parenting® Recovery Programme called Restorative Parenting®. This specialist programme is designed for pre-adolescents who begin their pathway to recovery with an intensive period in a residential setting before progressing to a life long fostering home.

"Brilliant! Well organised, effective use of time, very knowledgeable speakers. Finally practitioners who echo my values and beliefs re holistic care and parenting." Anon Delegate

Halliwell attends 25th Annual International Trauma Conference

"The study of trauma has probably been the single most fertile area in helping to develop a deeper understanding of the relationship among the emotional, cognitive, social and biological forces that shape human development."

This week has seen the 25th Annual International Trauma Conference hosted in Boston Massachusetts. The focus of the event has been on the discoveries over the past 25 years  related to traumatic stress and the subsequent treatment. Halliwell Directors Andrew Constable and Karen Mitchell-Mellor are in attendance to explore recent research findings on how children's brains, minds and bodies respond to traumatic experiences and the role of relationships in protecting and restoring safety and regulation.

"This was a great opportunity to meet the leading psychologists, psychiatrists and theorists whose work has informed the Restorative Parenting model which Halliwell uses to improve the psychological well being of children in the looked after sector. We are looking forward to developing these, and further connections in the future in order to further enhance our recovery programme." (Andrew Constable, Halliwell Director)
Implementing the Restorative Parenting Model - Liverpool
How can you help a child who has suffered an emotional trauma? How can you build trusting relationships with children in your care? Why are some children unaware of the consequences of their actions?

These are just some of the areas which were covered in this week's CPD training event, Implementing the Restorative Parenting Model which was held at Liverpool John Moore University. Halliwell, in conjunction with the Pillars of Parenting, run a series of workshops which address topical issues concerning children in the looked after sector.

This month's session focussed on using the model in residential care, discussing the reasons why children in care react and respond in recognised ways before addressing the reasons why and how existing practices can be amended for the benefit of the child.

Experienced speakers Colin Maginn, Director of the Pillars of Parenting, with Karen Mitchell-Mellor and Andrew Constable, Directors of Halliwell, used their depth of knowledge and first hand experiences to guide fellow sector colleagues through the day which included presentations, group activities and lively discussions.

"Really enjoyed the day, it has given me avenues to pursue and will help me develop my everyday practice."

For further information on our next CPD training event, Integrating theory into practice, developing Foster Carer Skills, please contact