Trafford Sunrise has seen a significant increase in the complexity of referrals for 5–12-year-olds in Trafford requiring support with their mental health and wellbeing. This demand has increased the waiting times substantially over the past 6-9 months and coupled with a decrease in staffing resource means that the service does not have the capacity to deliver a timely service to children. Therefore, Trafford Sunrise has decided to suspend new referrals to the service and focus on those currently waiting until they are in a better position with a more stable workforce.

This is not a decision that has been taken lightly and we are doing everything we possibly can in the meantime to continue to support children and their families already accessing the service.

We will be contacting families on the waitlist over the coming weeks to confirm where support is still required.

Support will continue in the following ways and please note this may change as the situation progresses. We will constantly be reviewing our position and will continue to keep you updated.

  • New families in need of support will be signposted to the Trafford padlet and other relevant resources and services in Trafford.
  • Early Support Groups, Working Together Groups and 1:1 support (where needed) will continue to be delivered to those families waiting.



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Our website will be updated regularly so that families, enquiries and other professionals are clear about what we are currently offering.

Thank you for your understanding at this challenging time.


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 a referral is accepted by Trafford Sunrise, parents are initially offered an Early Support Group. The Early Support Group is an online group for parents (without the children) and consists of one session held online on Zoom. Our Early Support Groups are intended to help parents feel supported in their initial steps through our service.

 In the Early Support Group, parents will meet practitioners from Trafford Sunrise, who will explain more about what happens next and the support that we can offer. Parents will be able to share a little about their current situation. This helps the practitioners understand the needs of each child. The practitioners will also be able to answer parents’ questions and to signpost for further support, if it is needed. Parents say that they find these sessions helpful, that they feel less alone and that they get some useful advice and information.
Parents need to attend the Early Support Group in order to access the next level of support that the service offers.

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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