Video-feedback intervention to promote positive parenting and sensitive discipline (VIPP-SD)

A programme for adoptive families who have recently joined together

Coming together as a new family is exciting. It also brings new challenges for everyone involved. VIPP-SD aims to build strong attachment relationships between parents and children. It helps parents to see the world through their child’s eyes and supports them with their parenting.

The practitioner who delivers VIPP-SD helps parents to see the strengths and difficulties in the interaction with their child, which can help further develop their relationship.

Programme length

The programme lasts for four to six months and includes up to seven visits. Visits are usually between two weeks and one month apart. 

Families benefit more from the programme if they complete all of the sessions.


Each visit lasts for one to two hours and happens at your family home.

You and your child are given some basic activities to do such as: 

  • playing together
  • reading
  • tidying up
  • having a meal 

These activities are video recorded by the practitioner on a small hand-held video recorder. 

After the filming you and the practitioner view the recording of the previous visit and think together about what you both see in the interactions between you and your child.


The effectiveness of video-feedback intervention to promote positive parenting and sensitive discipline (VIPP-SD) has been demonstrated in scientific research in different countries and for different groups. 

VIPP-SD was originally developed in the Netherlands where it’s recognised as a proven intervention by the Netherlands Youth Institute and is registered in their effective youth interventions database. VIPP-SD is available to all adoptive families in the Netherlands. 

It is also recommended in the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines on children’s attachment.

What parents say

"Throughout the sessions, I always felt supported in my parenting and never felt judged. I soon got used to being filmed and I didn’t expect I would benefit in the ways I did from watching myself and my son on the videos and seeing the world through his eyes. I was able to stand back and see myself and my son as people as well as mother and child. I’m a better parent for it and my partner and I talk through different ways of dealing with situations now. Our son knows I listen to him and is happier as a result."

"The biggest positive for me is that it highlights how well I am doing, and that isn’t always at the forefront of my mind - I only remember the challenging behaviour. It’s a clear message that we are getting on together, and I don’t always see that. Hearing about the significance of the little signals gives me confidence in how well we are attaching."

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