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Understanding the Importance of Attachment in Assessment

Norfolk Safeguarding Children BoardTarget Staff:

Practitioners who work with children and young people, who have responsibility for early help or permanency planning.

Course Duration: One day


  • To provide participants with an opportunity to increase knowledge, and understanding about the importance of developing secure attachments, and the impact of insecure attachments on children’s development.
  • To provide participants with the necessary knowledge and understanding about child development and attachment, to help them improve skills in supporting children and ultimately improving outcomes for them. 

Outcomes: Participants will be able to: 

    • Gain knowledge and understanding about research on attachment and the neuroscience of attachment.
    • Understand why attachment matters.
    • Reflect on how poor attachment impacts upon children in their development.
    • Consider implications for work with children who have not experienced secure attachment.
    • Understand how early care giving might have a long lasting impact on children’s development and how children might internalize their experiences of attunement with caregivers.
    • Gain knowledge about the risk factors affecting attachment and which groups of children are vulnerable.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of different types of secure and insecure attachment.
    • Consider what neuroscience tells us about how trauma can affect emotions and learning.
    • Appreciate and demonstrate the importance of considering the attachment of children in critically reflective practice and in undertaking good assessments.
    • Consider what is needed to help children recover from trauma.

LocationAbbey Conference, Norwich

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