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Pause

Working with women who have experienced, or who are at risk of, repeated pregnancies that result in children needing to be removed from their care, helping them to overcome challenges and build a better future.

Derbyshire | Northamptonshire | Worcestershire

In instances where mothers face having two or more children removed from their care, Pause steps in to offer women 18 months of therapeutic and holistic practitioner-led support.

We work with women in a way which addresses all of the relationships in their lives, giving them the opportunity to pause and to potentially break the cycle of damaging behaviour, destructive coping strategies and repeat pregnancy. We seek to understand their experiences and help them to reach a place where they can accept and come to an understanding why their children are no longer in their care.

Our relationship-based programme aims to give women the chance to ‘pause’ and take control of their lives. It simultaneously reduces the number of children experiencing traumatic childhoods, and who subsequently need to be introduced into the care system.


Our services:

Women work with one practitioner to build a strong relationship that fits around their goals. The support is free and voluntary, and not part of social services, with the aim of helping them work on areas they feel need development, for example:

  • Self-confidence and happiness
  • Coping with grief and loss
  • Support with housing, benefits or debts and other practical needs, like bills and rent
  • Health and fitness
  • Emotional wellbeing, mental health and coping strategies
  • Writing and maths or other educational goals
  • Substance misuse difficulties
  • Building better relationships with partners, friends and family
  • Increasing skills to move closer to getting a job or voluntary work
  • Developing the skills needed to navigate services
  • Finding new ways to have fun – it’s not all serious!

Referral options for this service

You can refer yourself
You can refer family or a friend
You can refer a client

Each Pause practice has different referral processes, working in partnership with the local authority for referrals. If you would like more information, please contact the relevant service coordinator via the contact details listed.

If you have immediate concerns about a child, young person or adult, who may be suffering, or at risk of suffering harm, please call the police on 999 in an emergency, or 0345 123 3333 for non-emergency cases.

Volunteer and placement opportunities

You can't volunteer for this service
You can get a placement at this service