Our Statement of Purpose and Some of our key personnel

Our Statement of Purpose


Placement Support offers psychodynamic thinking to all types of organisations and networks. Our interventions are grounded in psychoanalytic tradition and training.

Our Field of Work

Our work is not limited to any one area but it is concentrated on those organisations and networks of carers around children including birth and adoptive families. We are especially concerned with children who are disturbed, traumatised, at risk, within the care system, under supervision, are moving towards adoption or who have been placed within adoptive families.

Our Two-fold Aim

Our aim is that those networks and families and the individuals within them should be able to provide more efficiently and effectively for the emotional and mental health needs of those children. We aim to help with the emotional difficulties which occur in the relationships between adults and children in any residential setting, including the family

We also aim to promote the practice and understanding of specialist consultancy amongst families, carers and professionals, especially those working with adopted or looked-after children and to promote a wider understanding of the emotional needs of such children, of their carers and of the professionals who work with them.

Carrying out our Purpose

When individuals or cases are referred to us, we will assess what we can offer using theexperience and expertise of the trained psychotherapists working with us. This will generally involve an initial session in person or by telephone (uncharged). If we judge that our services are not appropriate we will seek to refer those clients to other services which are more suitable. We aim to deal with all referrals without prejudice or discrimination of any kind judging them only by our assessment of our own capability to provide appropriate assistance.

We aim to always listen to the service users and take account of their feelings and opinions

We aim to keep central to our concerns the welfare and safety of the children concerned.

Most of our work is done in-situ. We also use consulting or therapy rooms where appropriate. We provide direct adoption support to carers and families, we provide advice and support to professional networks, we assess placements and carers for foster and adoptive placements.

The charge for our services varies depending on the intensity and duration of the work and the qualification of the consultant. It is generally between £80.00 and £ 170.00 per hour.

The Registered Provider is Placement Support Ltd. Our Clinical Director and Responsible Individual is Jenny Sprince MACP, MBPC, MAPPCIOS. Her address is at Placement Support, 60 Lordship Park, London N16 5UA

We work with a number of professional and clinically qualified consultants. Our consultants are trained child and adult psychotherapists and organisational therapists (mostly ACP, BPC/APPCIOS members) who are full members of the relevant professional body. Any consultant working with us will have extensive experience of working with children in various settings. The number of consultants varies but is usually between three and ten. The consultants are supervised by the Clinical Director.

Placement Support itself has been operating since July 2001 and has worked with a number of Local Authority social services departments, fostering agencies and residential homes. Each consultant's work is supported and assessed by regular supervision by a senior member of staff and through regular client feedback. The Clinical Director will assess every ongoing piece of work at least twice a year.

Any complaint should be made in the first instance to the Clinical Director, Jenny Sprince. If the matter is not resolved, further complaint may be made to the individual consultant's professional body, or may be addressed to OFSTED whose address is: Ofsted, Piccadilly Gate, Store Street, Manchester, M1 2WD, 0300 123 1231


Some of Our Key Personnel 


Marigemma Rocco-Briggs is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist . She has worked for eight years in the Family Unit at The Cassel Hospital, Richmond, Surrey. She is currently working in in a Child And Family Consultation Service in South Essex . She has a specific expertise in assessing the relationship between parents and their infant children for Court Reports. She also provides consultations and direct clinical work for Barnardo's and Foster Care Associates.


Jenny Sprince (Clinical Director) is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, with twenty years post-qualification experience. She trained and worked for many years at the Tavistock Clinic. She has since worked in a variety of settings with children and their carers, including CAMHS teams, Social Services Departments, special schools, fostering agencies, children's homes and therapeutic communities. She continues a teaching and supervisory role within the child psychotherapy profession and has contributed to professional literature in her area of expertise. She contributed as expert witness on consultancy to the LAC NICE Committee in drawing up guidelines for the care of looked-after children.

Yael Witkon  is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and previously educational psychologist (Israel). She is currently working in an NHS specialist mental health service for children in care. She has provided consultancy to the Coram Family "Fostering New Links" project. She has been working with fostered children and carers for Placement Support and in a CAHMS team, has supervised mental health professionals and has been a lead psychotherapist in the Tavistock Centre outreach project in primary schools. She was Deputy Manager of the Tavistock Haringey Intensive Family Intervention Team. She has taught on Tavistock Centre training courses and currently teaches at Birkbeck College MSc course in Psychodynamic Counselling with Children and Adolescents.  

 Tony Harms BA, LlB, (Business Manager) is a barrister (non-practising) and has been an Associate of the Institute of Consulting. He has had a long career running and advising small businesses.