Herefordshire Intensive Placement Support Service (HIPSS) provides therapeutic support to looked-after children and young people, their families and carers

We champion family-based placements for all children and work with children and young people aged 5 to 18 years old with a variety of complex needs.

We work with looked-after children and young people aged 5-18 years with complex needs. We support those placements that need extra support to understand the young people they care for. This includes exploring their social, emotional or mental health needs.

We work with children and young people to enable them to be able to step down from residential setting, prevent the need to step up to residential and reduce reliance on agency fostering placements. We put children and young people at the heart of our work together with the people they have key relationships with. This includes birth parents, family, foster carers and any other people that are important to them. We also work closely with a range of services to understand ‘the bigger picture’.

The service provides psychologically-informed approach using DDP-informed practice, Attachment Theory, Trauma Informed, Systemic Theory, Social Learning Theory and the Humanistic Perspective.

The service provides one-to-one support for children, young people and their families. We will also support and train foster carers to develop knowledge, understanding and confidence in providing therapeutic care.