Our Centres

Orchard House Family Services is based on Canon Street, in the town centre of Taunton. This is where we have our contact centre, our meeting rooms, our intervention centre and our offices. It is close to the bus station, within walking distance from the train station, and there is a large pay and display car park opposite.

We also have a house in the community, Orchard House Westgate Street. This is a child-friendly, safe place where families can live whilst community assessments are carried out. Westgate Street is often used as a transitional placement between a residential assessment and the family's home community, although some families live there without having been in a residential placement. Westgate Street allows families to live independently and levels of supervision and assessment can be adapted based on the strengths, risks and stage of assessment.

Orchard House has two houses for residential parenting assessments: Orchard House Middleway and Orchard House Greenway Road.




The Team

Dr Freda Gardner

Dr Freda Gardner Consultant

Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Director

Freda Gardner is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. She has worked clinically with parents and children for over fifteen years. She was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol and conducted research on parent and child psychology funded by the MRC, BHF and United Bristol Hospital's Special Trustees.

Dr Gardner has provided assessments for the Courts in respect of child care contact and parenting assessments since 2000. She has worked directly in the assessment and psychological management of parents and children combining clinical and theoretical experience.

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Nancy Sullivan

Senior Social Worker and Safeguarding Manager

Nancy Sullivan is a senior Social Worker of considerable experience and expertise. She is responsible for the operation and management of Orchard House Family Services and the leadership of the staff team to ensure effective multi disciplinary service delivery to children and their families.

Sarah Wilson

Senior Social Worker

Sarah Wilson is responsible for leading and completing evidence based residential parenting assessments and community parenting assessments. She has thirteen years experience of front line social work and is experienced in undertaking a wide range of assessments of children and families including Special Guardianship Assessments, Pre-Birth Risk Assessments and Core Assessments.

Dr Louise Robb

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Dr Robb is a consultant clinical psychologist specializing in adult mental health, parenting, attachment and parent-child relationships. She carries out both assessment and interventions for parents and children, and has a special interest in the treatment of trauma.

Dr Robb has considerable experience in working in a range of adult mental health services, including specialist, high risk settings.

Dr Grace Tantam

Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Deputy Clinical Director

Dr Tantam is a clinical psychologist specialising in parenting, safeguarding, attachment and child mental health. She carries out specialist psychological and complex risk assessments for the Family Courts, as well as providing parenting and family interventions and therapies. She leads the training and supervision service for Orchard House and coordinates the clinical psychology team.

Dr Tantam has worked at Orchard House since 2009, having completed her clinical training at Royal Holloway, University of London and at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust Adoption, Fostering and Kinship Care Team.