Emotional Warmth Parenting

The child knows what to expect from the adults in the parenting role, and the adults know to reflect, then to behave with warmth, sensitivity, kindness and responsiveness to the child’s needs.

Tapping into a powerful source of energy …
young people’s strengths

This site is for everyone involved with children in public care

Our 2024 Psychology conference is booked
for the 14th October 2024

If you work with the Pillars of Parenting, keep Monday the 14th Of October free for our psychology conference in Winchester with guest speakers: 

Dr Kevin Gallagher, MD: Amberleigh Care Ltd. 

Dr  Gillian Shotton, Chartered Educational Psychologist

Julia Alfano, Chartered Educational Psychologist

Colin Maginn on “Emotional Warmth Parenting” and ‘strengths’. 

Details and booking will be available in early July 2024,

Places for this conference are limited, if you are interested in attending e-mail me for more information: colinmaginn@gmail.com

Monday 11th November 2024, at 10.30am, Colin Maginn (UK) will explain why and how ‘Children in public care should be loved’, offering a more effective way to work with traumatised children in public care, ensuring that the adults in the parenting role are the agents of therapeutic change. By tapping into the clinical knowledge, skills, and experience of psychologists to empower those adults working directly with the children. Supported with consultations and training using  the “Emotional Warmth Parenting” approach to share theory, research and best practice.     

• Seven modules of e-learning on the theory and practice behind the “Emotional Warmth Parenting” approach. (* click below for details)

• Face-to-face training by Colin Maginn or other experienced and qualified team members, covering particular desired topics.
• Baseline assessment and follow-up monitoring of each child.

• Workshops which detail trauma-informed care, the child’s

parenting needs, teaching children self-management skills,
reinterpreting challenging behaviour for better understanding,
and as the child is much more than their trauma:

• Finding and using young people’s strengths. 

* For details of our e-learning, including learning outcomes and assessment criteria.*

Strengths rather than problem-focused! – “This is a brilliant book for foster carers, residential carers, psychologists and social workers. Anyone involved with children in care. It is grounded in psychological research and theory and uses psychology to help carers to support children in care from a positive perspective. Highly recommended!” Dr Gillian Shotton (from Amazon Kindle review)

This article offers a short summary of the ‘Emotional Warmth Parenting’ approach. Useful to help those in the parenting role to give an overview for external visitors or inspectors.

Emotional Warmth Parenting

Emotional Warmth Parenting approach improves life opportunities for children and youth in public care. Our goal is to empower adults in the parenting role to form positive relationships and be a kind, helpful influence on the mental health and well-being of children in public care.

Our work is to inform and support using psychological insights from research and to move from opinion-based decisions to practice that is based on evidence from attachment science, using young people’s strengths and ensuring trauma-informed practice.

We work to promote evidence-based psychological, biological and social research and to bring it to the attention of politicians, policymakers & opinion leaders.

The key components of the approach are:

  1. Empowering significant adults by sharing the psychological theory and research underpinning Emotional Warmth Parenting.
  2. Enhancing the child’s adaptive life skills by meeting their parenting needs.
  3. Understanding and supporting children through emotional trauma.
  4. Identifying and building on the young people’s signature strengths.
  5. Encouraging positive behaviour and self-management for self-limiting behaviour.
  6. Measuring the progress of each young person, over time.
Dr Sean Cameron
Foundation director and now honorary associate
Colin Maginn
Dr Jess Dewey
Deputy Director
  • Dr Seán Cameron BSc, MSc, Dip. Ed, C.Psychol, FBPsS, FAHE, PhD. HPC Registered and BPS Chartered Child and Educational Psychologist. 

Seán is a child psychologist and currently joint-director of the Pillars of Parenting. He has written or edited six books and published more than 50 professional journal articles on a wide range of child psychology topics.

In 2005 he was given the British Psychological Society’s national award for distinguished contributions to the teaching of Psychology and in 2010 he received their annual award for his distinguished contribution to Educational and Child Psychology.

  • Colin Maginn, B.Sc (Hon) Psychology, MIoD, MBPsS. 

Colin’s whole professional life has involved working with children in public care. He was a manager in two regional children’s secure units then he set up ‘Ingleside children’s homes’ in London which he owned for about twenty years.

Colin is driven to improve work with children in public care, to inspire kindness and warmth, to change from haphazard opinion based practice to child-friendly evidenced-based practice grounded in psychological research and theory which empowers those working directly with the young person. 

(click for Linkin profile )

  • Dr. Jessica Dewey, BSc, PGCE, MSc, DEdPsy, C. Psychol. Registered with the Health Care Professions Council.

Jessica is an Academic and Professional tutor and Deputy Programme Director at UCL and a Senior Educational Psychologist in Harrow. She has taught on the masters and doctoral training programmes for Educational Psychologists since September 2004. Her current interests include working with schools to support the teaching of children’s thinking skills. She has carried out research and delivered national and international conference presentations on the Activating Children’s Thinking Skills (ACTS) approach. Dr Dewey is also involved in Video Interactive Guidance (VIG) as a method to support effective communication and reflective practice.

Jessica has been involved with Pillars of Parenting since 2008 as psychologist PoP consultant to Children’s Homes in the South East of England. She supervises and supported other PoP psychologists in delivering the approach in a range of settings from foster carers and adoptive parents to secure Children’s Homes.


The Pillars of Parenting Ltd.,

Business & Innovation Centre,

Wearfield, Sunderland,  U.K.  SR5 2TA

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