Trafford Sunrise addresses the emotional well-being needs of 5-12 year olds in Trafford through effective, evidence-based group support. Please note that 1:1 support will only be offered on an exceptional basis.

In line with the Thrive model, Trafford Sunrise offers support at levels 1 (Getting Advice) and 2 (Getting Help).

Parent Workshops

Trafford Sunrise is commissioned to deliver drop-in workshops to families in the community. This is a universal provision, and referrals for workshops are not required. These are held both online and face-to-face in community venues. Workshop topics may include anxiety, behavioural difficulties, parental separation and divorce, and bullying. Parents can be signposted to themed parent workshops. Information about workshops is shared frequently, including details of dates and topics on the Just Psychology Facebook page and Twitter feed.

For families needing focused goals-based input, a referral can be made to Trafford Sunrise by the child’s GP, Paediatrician or via an Early Help Assessment. The criteria for referrals to Trafford Sunrise are:

  • Child is age 5-12 years at referral
  • Trafford resident/Trafford GP
  • Mild to moderate emotional or behavioural difficulties
  • Not actively self-harming or expressing suicidal ideation
  • Not currently receiving support from CAMHS (unless being supported through a diagnostic pathway)
  • Parent/carer is able to engage in group-based support
  • This service is not suitable for families being supported by social care at either Child in  Need or Child Protection level (level 4) or children who are care experienced (Level 5)  (Please follow this link for more information http://www.trafforddirectory.c...)

For those families referred to Trafford Sunrise, we offer the following support:

Early Support Group

Once Trafford Sunrise accepts a referral, parents are offered an Early Support Group. The Early Support Group is an online group for parents (without the children) and consists of two sessions focusing on anxiety, behaviour and emotional regulation. These sessions aim to provide helpful information based on research evidence and consider strategies to support the child. Parents have reported finding it beneficial to have some space to reflect on the issues they are dealing with and to understand some psychological principles relating to emotional regulation, anxiety and behaviour. Early Support Groups are held online on Zoom.

Working Together Groups

Once parents have completed an Early Support Group, they will be offered a Working Together Group, which they attend with their child for six weeks in a community venue in Trafford. Working Together groups are facilitated by a Practitioner Psychologist, Mental Health Practitioner, Psychotherapist or Assistant Psychologist. The groups usually have between 5 and 10 children, categorised by age. Both child and parent are expected to attend each group.

Typically, groups will cover the following (this is not exhaustive):

  • Recognising and understanding feelings
  • Strategies and resources to cope with difficult feelings
  • The purpose of the group is to support children and parents to develop skills which will help the children deal with stressors in their lives.
  • The group encourages children, parents and facilitators to work together to develop strategies to support the children through their difficulties.

Trafford Sunrise is predominantly commissioned to deliver group-based interventions and has only a very limited resource to provide 1:1 support on an exceptional basis determined by clinical need. We have a lot of experience delivering group-based approaches and work really hard to support parents and children to feel comfortable in a group. We find that most families can benefit from this approach.  
Please note that we have a new referral form and will not be accepting referrals on previous versions. For enquiries, please contact us at [email protected]

Just Psychology is a Community Interest Company registered in England and Wales. Company Registration Number 9952509. Democracy House, 609 Stretford Road, Old Trafford, M16 0QA
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