Therapeutic Care

Timeout are a family run organisation and our ethos and philosophy is based on a systemic approach to promoting the child’s emotional

We specialise in 1:1 care in both solo and dual occupancy homes. We ensure that a holistic view is taken to all aspects of the child’s development whether it is in education, therapy or therapeutic care. By tracing the child’s footprint we can gather the necessary information to inform our practice to assist the child’s recovery.


Timeout has grown from a family ethos and continues to remain rooted within this. Family means everything to us. However, we recognise that the children and young people we care for may not have experienced family positively. Therefore, we use our passion as well as evidence-based research and attachment promoting models to parent therapeutically.


This starts from our organization; we have invested in clinical training in the Secure Base Model and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). More importantly, it is not just our clinicians who use it; we all do, even the directors!

Our Staff

DDP teaches us the importance of emotional attunement, reflection of our own practice and feelings as well as the approach of being Playful, Curious, Accepting, and Empathic in our way of being and in our interactions with each other and the children. Therefore, all our staff trained in the Secure Base Model and DDP.

What does our Therapeutic pledge mean?

At Timeout we pledge to get parenting right, we know it does not come with a manual, but we commit to the education around why therapeutic parenting is different for children coming into our care from early adversity. We pledge our;

  • Commitment to training all of our carers in trauma informed care. So, we continue to provide evidence-based care in line with the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance.
  • Promise to provide a validating environment for our children and to keep the end goal in mind from the beginning, at admission. For them to grow into resilient people who have been heard, loved, and cared for.
  • Our own supervision to think about our practice to ensure we remain non-judgmental, attuned, reflective, and hopeful.
  • Commitment to our children, the local authorities we work with and the families working with us.

Our Clinical Team

Clinical Lead & Principal Clinical Psychologist
Dr Nadia Khurram

Assistant Psychologists
Arcellia Sasu-Twum, Lotte Wood & Bethany Whiteley

Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
Lorna Wood

Assistant SALT
Hannah Sivyour

Specialist Art Psychotherapist
Lex Bagust

Play & Filial Therapist
Kathy Riley

Neurodevelopmental Team includes Clinical Psychology, Speech, and Language Therapy

We are a growing service and work with external clinicians including Occupational Therapy and Psychiatry. Nadia is trained in Autism and ADHD Diagnosis. However, as per NICE guidance she seeks a Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) perspective for specialist assessments. We work closely with Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to collate the evidence where appropriate for neurodiverse needs.

When a child and young person arrives to Timeout. The clinical team help support the adjustment process in the first 6 weeks and do not conduct any direct therapeutic interventions with either. They call the team weekly for six weeks to understand the child and carers adjustment to one another, whilst also collating information in the background to gain a better understanding of the young person. This helps develop a Preliminary formulation.

Following this a 12-week psychological assessment commences which determines baseline assessments using psychometric measures and individual meetings with the young person. If appropriate, the young person will be allocated an individual therapist. Individual therapy goals are monitored and reviewed on a three-monthly basis to ensure the intervention remains targeted.

The clinical team members help support the organization in more ways than one but below are the places where you are likely to
meet them.

Team Around the child (TAC) Meetings

Individual Therapy

Group Therapies & Family Work

What do people say about Timeout Homes?

What do our staff say about the Clinical Team?


Of our staff feel we helped them develop a better understanding of childrens incidents


Of our staff reported regular consultation with staff helped them improve their relationship with the child in their care


Of our staff reported that they can approach the clinical team for support around their child

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