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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

 Aims

  • 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.

Location

The Woodside Centre, Norwich

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