Knowledge and Practice Hubs

Attachment knowledge and practice hub

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Learning points

  • A precise understanding of attachment theory and the role it can play in supporting families and safeguarding children from maltreatment.
  • How to talk confidently about attachment, especially in court (and why this might involve not using the word ‘attachment’ at all).
  • Practical guidance and case studies demonstrating concepts such as ‘secure base’, ‘safe haven’, mentalising/mind-mindedness, reflective function, the strange situation procedure, dissociation, loss and trauma.

This resources in this hub can help you meet point 3 of the Knowledge and skills statement for child and family practitioners: Child development and point 5: Abuse and neglect of children.

Using the theory to provide support

Supported learning

Check your knowledge

Quiz: attachment theory, research and practice
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Daviid Shemmings

David Shemmings, professor of child protection research at the University of Kent and visiting professor, Royal Holloway, University of London, has written the quick guides, with contributions from social workers and researchers, and quality assured these resources to ensure we provide you with information you can trust.

Tool, case studies and examples contributed by Carly Adams, Lissil Averill, Naomi Bannister, Ross Barnett, Alice Cook, Eleanor Hagardon-Lowe, Aine Kelly, Gill Schofield, Yvonne Shemmings, Henry Smith and David Wilkins.

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