Alice Loving Alice Loving

Alice has worked within the field of child protection for 11 years and currently works independently providing parental assessments and intervention work for local authorities. She completed her PhD within the social care department at Royal Holloway University, which focused on exploring influencing factors on the outcomes of intervention, with a particular interest in the impact of childhood trauma on parenting capacity. Alice delivers attachment and relationship-based practice training to social care practitioners within the UK and Ireland. Alice is an honorary lecturer for the Centre for Child Protection at Kent University and has published work in the Child and Family Social Work and Children England journals. Her most recent publication is a chapter titled ‘Working with cases of neglect and emotional abuse’, featured in ‘Child Protection and the Care Continuum’. She has previously worked with Community Care, providing social workers with effective direct work techniques and producing guidance on understanding attachment relationships and writing about this in court.

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All posts by Alice Loving

Writing about attachment in reports and records

Avoiding the pitfalls of attachment theory

Attachment-based trauma and parenting: podcast transcript

Attachment-based trauma and parenting: podcast

Attachment-based trauma and parenting

This two-part guide looks at the impact of attachment-based trauma experienced in childhood on parenting. This in-depth, evidence-based, practice-focused guide explores how to assess, encourage and support parents and their children.

Observing and supporting a parent’s mentalizing capacity: direct work tool

How your own attachment organisation affects your practice: quick guide

Case study: assessing attachment – child with developmental delay

Example of using tools and techniques to assess attachment while observing a child and her mother.

Attachment theory and children in residential care: quick guide

Attachment – understanding the basics of the theory: quick guide