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Relationships in Good Hands (RIGHT) Trial Phase 2 Update

12 July 2021
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The RIGHT Trial, a randomised controlled trial of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), has continued to make progress since the start of the year.

We are now six months into the 17 month long Phase 2 of the trial. The recent months have seen us focussing on getting recruitment up and running in the three Phase 2 sites. The table below summarises our progress so far:

SiteEligible Families ReferredFamilies RecruitedFamilies Randomised
(Central Beds and Hertfordshire)

We are delighted to say that we are starting to see trial participants come in in two out of our three sites. After a slow start, with lots of tricky issues to consider, we are getting regular referrals in most of our partner centres.

We would love to ramp things up a bit, and to get things started in our Adoptionplus site so please get in touch with Verity ( if you have any families you would like to discuss.

We have a dedicated team of research nurses who carry out a range of baseline measures with each family, currently remotely via Teams. These include demographic and other questionnaires with the carers as well as questionnaires and activities with the child. We also ask families to record a short video of a play session. Once the assessments are complete, the family is randomised to either receive DDP or “services as usual” and we get in touch with their social worker to let them know the outcome.

Our research nurse Caroline writes:

“The RIGHT Trial is a very privileged opportunity to work alongside some great researchers, and to spend time with amazing families who care for children, sometimes with very complex needs. Working remotely on the Trial has meant developing IT skills and troubleshooting ‘on the hoof’! I particularly enjoy undertaking the less structured aspects of the Trial, such as the semi-structured interviews. The openness and trust placed by the participants during the interview is often very humbling, and their ‘stories’ and lived experience of being a parent are incredible”

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