A local charity suppporting local families in Dorset

DorPIP is an independent local charity Founded by Vivian Allen in November 2017 to provide specialist therapy for families struggling to form safe, secure relationships with their infants from conception to age two. 

DorPIP is a Charitable Interest Organisation Foundation Model. The management and organisational arrangements are overseen by DorPIP Trustees and the Advisory Panel. To ensure a quality standard PIP UK conduct quarterly financial and clinical audits. Anonymised data is collated centrally from the PIP net work by PIP UK to build an evidence base on the effectiveness of treatment.

Our vision...

We aim to create a society where children flourish through attuned parenting, early bonding and healthy attachment to give them the best possible start in life.

Our objectives

  • To help parents and primary carers to form a more secure attachment with their baby through psychotherapeutic intervention.
  • To promote the importance of early attachment and the importance of investment in very early relationships to improve life outcomes for children. In particular DorPIP will raise awareness amongst professionals, commissioners, investors, and policy makers.
  • To educate other professionals in supporting secure attachments between infants and their primary carers, in the identification of attachment difficulties and in the methods used to facilitate better attachments.
  • To routinely monitor the outcomes of our services with clients, to ensure the best quality of service is provided for babies and their families.


Who we support

We focus on families who might already have identified stressors on the care giving relationship, such as single young parents, homelessness, addiction or having a been a looked after child or appear to be coping, yet an assessment reveals multiple strains and barriers to good enough parenting. 

How we support our families

DorPIP works holistically with families, statutory providers and third sector organisations to provide early help in the community, through specialist parent-infant therapy that is not available elsewhere. Families are seen by our multidisciplinary team according to their needs and goals for improving the parent infant relationship. This may be a combination of counselling, group infant massage classes and peer lead support groups.


Why our work is so important

A baby’s earliest relationships with their primary care givers are the most significant. They are likely to impact physical and mental health over the course of their life, affecting their personality, friendships and work patterns. There are over 3180 parent infant relationships at risk of developing disorganised attachment in Dorset every year.


The first 1001 days of a child’s life is a window of opportunity to impact on health outcomes throughout their lifespan including long-term implications for the child’s brain and emotional development and their resilience to stress. Our targeted early intervention is aimed at prevention of harm. By treating the root cause, poor attachment, rather than the effects adverse childhood experiences have on individuals, we can improve life chances of infants and improve society.


Community Based

We are community based with through Children Centres, GPs premises and other third sector partners, embedded across Bournemouth and Poole.