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Join us on Thursday 21 November at the Birmingham Conference & Events Centre and receive the support and guidance which will help make your School Attachment Aware. Hear from Dr Margot Sunderland, Luke Rodgers, Dr Janet Rose and many more.
Dr Margot Sunderland - Child psychologist and psychotherapist
Working Effectively with Traumatised Children, Attachment and Trauma Informed Care and Attachment and Trauma Informed Schools
Trauma is a subject which affects children and young people on such a deep level. These interventions will help you reach out to the most defended children and young people, helping them thrive.
Dr Janet Rose - Principal of Norland College and author of numerous academic publications.
Effective Attachment Aware and Trauma Informed Schools – what works and what can we learn from schools around the world?
This talk will highlight some of the key lessons from research into schools who have embarked on becoming attachment aware and trauma informed organisations. It will also identify some of the models being adopted internationally to see what we can learn from school around the world.
Luke Rodgers BEM -Founder Director of the Care Leaders, a social enterprise that aims to improve services for young people.
The Voice of Young People and how it can Support Schools to Become Attachment and Trauma Aware
Authentic collaboration with young people can be a powerful driver for change. Luke Rodgers shares his experience of working with young people and adults to ensure the voices of young people are heard, the challenges this creates and the opportunities to see young people make progress and adults to gain powerful insights into their experiences.
There will be two workshop sessions running during the day which will include;
Practical interventions to ensure your school is trauma informed and attachment aware
Dr Margot Sunderland
This workshop will present some really do-able cost effective interventions for schools to implement for whole school cultural change and also one to one situations
The interventions will focus on relational interventions, emotionally regulatory interventions and therapeutic conversational tools and techniques.
The latter does not mean that that school staff are being asked to be quasi- psychotherapists rather it is about replicating best parenting including emotional coaching and use of PACE: play acceptance, curiosity and empathy. (Dan Hughes). The aim is for delegates to go away feeling more knowledgeable about and confident to implement attachment aware and trauma informed interventions
Youth Production’ - enabling participation through film
This workshop is about authentic collaboration using film as a medium to engage and inspire young people to frame their experiences in a way that inspires and informs services and other young people with similar experiences. Using film we are able to develop media that represents young people in a positive way that can influence the status quo and perception of children in care.
Gangs and the Exploitation of Children and Young People
Dr Anne-Marie McBlain
Delegates will receive an overview of how gangs operate, how they recruit and groom young people then subsequently ensnare them in exploitative enslavement including county lines and sexual exploitation. Anne-Marie will discuss the rewards, risks of being in a gang and barriers to leaving. As well as discuss the concept of Contextual Safeguarding and how schools and settings can support children, young people and their families to avoid becoming involved and then how to help when they do become part of a gang.
Becoming an attachment and trauma informed school: The why and the how
2018 Alex Timpson ARC Attachment Award Winner – Coleborune Primary School
Stuart has over 12 years’ experience as a head teacher and is a father of a birth child and two adopted children. He has developed trauma friendly approaches at his school and has seen the positive impact this can have on pupils, families, staff and outcomes for his school. He has appeared on the BBC One Show in January 2018 and the Victoria Derbyshire Show in June 2018 talking about supporting adopted children in schools.
Stuart has travelled around the country supporting schools and delivering training on behalf of organisations, local authorities and virtual schools on trauma informed practice in schools.
Colebourne Primary School won the Alex Timpson ARC Attachment Award in November 2018. They have a committed team of staff who build their practice of trauma informed approaches.
In May 2019 his school received a visit from Ofsted who commented strongly on the impact of these approaches including comments such as:
“One comment made by a pupil represents the voices of many pupils, parents and carers: ‘No matter what, they always support you.’”
Supporting our most vulnerable learners - what we did, why we did it and the impact it has made
2018 Alex Timpson ARC Attachment Award Winner – Cherry Orchard Primary School
An opportunity for COPS to share the good practice and strategies they employ as a whole school, to help manage the emotional wellbeing of all pupils in order to reduce exclusions, improve relationships and produce confident and happy learners.
Supporting children in ‘accommodating’ parental separation and divorce
Over time, most children experiencing parental separation adjust to the changes it brings. However, the extent to which they ‘accommodate’ these changes is influenced by many factors. Analysis of young adults’ accounts of their childhood experiences enabled those factors encouraging a higher ‘accommodation’ of parental separation to be identified. From this analysis a framework for understanding children’s accommodation was developed. Designed for use by practitioners to support children and families in adjusting to change, the framework is now complemented with a pack for use by practitioners working with children in schools or youth settings.
Partake in an Interactive workshop in which delegates will hear from Sue to understand her findings from her most recent research and how these led to the creation of the ‘framework for understanding children’s accommodation of parental separation’. Delegates would have the opportunity to examine the materials and consider ways in which they might use it in their work in schools.
The Alex Timpson attachment and trauma programme in schools - our findings so far
Dr Neil Harrison (Rees Centre)
The Timpson Programme is a five year study to assess the impact of whole school training in attachment and trauma awareness on educational outcomes, particularly for children in care and other vulnerable children. We have recently finished our first year of data collection across 13 local authorities and 150 schools. This session will focus on early findings around on the ways in which schools can use the training as a starting point for a wider root-and-branch shift in policies and practices, examining the factors that can enable or inhibit this.
Attachment and Trauma Sensitive School Culture
Children with complex trauma histories often find school a constant uphill struggle as they are ill equipped for the social, emotional and cognitive challenges that they encounter during any given day. Currently, many pupils in mainstream, special and alternative education are suffering from undiagnosed or misdiagnosed attachment difficulties, and despite the best efforts and intentions of educators, their problems are exacerbated because these children and young people do not respond well to conventional behaviour management strategies.
This raises questions about the effectiveness of the fear-based, often shaming, behaviourist reward and punishment systems that are all too frequently found in our schools. These can unfortunately serve to exacerbate the problems experienced by children who have experienced trauma.
The ARC Annual Conference is a great day to showcase innovation and share attachment aware practices with your peers. Sir John Timpson CBE will also be attending to present the 2019 Alex Timpson ARC Attachment Awards.
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