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Break Family Centre

Break Family Centre offers families a range of support to meet their needs in bringing up their children.

We also provide assessments, work with schools, offer therapeutic work, family support, contact services, training and development, including Solihull approach training courses and parenting support.


Our approach

We provide bespoke assessment packages, which can take place in the family home or in our practice rooms.

We believe change can be brought about without delay. We work hard at understanding families and the wishes, feelings and needs of the child. We allocate two workers to each assessment to ensure objectivity, and each assessment is supervised.

We use a variety of tools in our work, including the assessment framework, attachment theory and knowledge and understanding of safeguarding issues.

Working with schools

We are aware that parental influence is a key factor in children’s attainment in schools, and that this can be compromised by complex family difficulties. We are able to work with the whole family in the most effective setting: our own city-based therapeutic rooms, the school or the home. We provide services in schools including individual therapeutic work for children and group work such as art therapy and drama therapy. We also provide support to staff with pastoral and safeguarding responsibilities.

Contact Services

Break Family Centre as a regional Contact Centre provides a range of contact activities to support the Courts and the Local Authorities in making decisions around whether contact with a family member is safe and appropriate.  In addition, we offer a wide range of support and targeted services for families that are separating or separated.  Break Family Centre is an enhanced accredited member of National Association of Child Contact Centres.  We have four purpose-built suites, comprising contact and waiting areas with kitchen facilities.  Each room includes a comprehensive range of play equipment and activities with the largest room housing suitable play equipment for older children i.e. table tennis, air hockey.  Separate accesses and a parking space is available for parties needing to be kept apart.

Parenting support

We offer a range of parenting interventions and packages of support.

Our aim is to improve outcomes for children and young people through improving relationships between parents and children, helping parents to understand their children’s behaviour and developmental needs.

The Break Family Centre can provide individual support for parents in their home or at our centre. We can also deliver the Solihull Approach Parenting programme and the Solihull approach antenatal group.

We are able to offer all programmes to a local community or as a one to one intervention. We use video to inform our interventions and can provide Care Index interventions for children under two.

Therapeutic work

Our approach is relationship based; sessions provide a safe, consistent space. Practitioners use a range of creative activities and tools to support children to explore and express their feelings. Sessions can be provided for children alone or children supported by their parents or carers. Children who no longer live within their family or who have experienced changes and difficulties may benefit from therapeutic life story work or from sessions which enable them to reconnect with their senses. This therapy includes play therapy, drama therapy and art therapy.

Training and workforce development

We have a range of training courses, some of which we run regularly and some which are run in response to demand or commission. Please click here for more information on our training.

For further information on The Solihull Approach visit the official website here.

Please contact the team:


Phone: (01603) 301101

Contact Services Complaints Information.


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