Helen Woodage

University of Worcester

Pronouns: she/her

Headshot photo of Helen Woodage from the shoulders up smiling wearing a grey top

About Helen

I’m Helen and have been solo adoptive parenting my amazing and complex daughter for the past 10 years. We have been very fortunate to have been supported some outstanding DDP Practitioners and embedding this approach has been fundamental in ensuring we remain a family.

I have worked in education for over 20 years, having held teaching, leadership and consulting roles across the primary and secondary age range. After completing DDP Level One, initially to support my parenting, I was inspired to move to a role in a therapeutic school where DDP principles and PACE were at the heart of the ethos. There I completed DDP Level Two and worked with a range of complex young people. I am just completing my MSc Psychology dissertation on the transition to solo adoptive parenthood and have had the great privilege of learning about the journeys of other solo adopters.

Having experienced first-hand within both home and work settings the positive impact that DDP can have, I am keen to voice the parental perspective and to continue to work with this model to support young people and their families.