The mental health of young people is much discussed and a great cause for concern for schools and settings - 50% of mental health issues start before the age of 14, but only 30% of young people who need help get access to it. There is a growing body of academic research which demonstrates the effectiveness of attachment aware approaches in schools and other settings which work with young people. Several Higher Education Institutions have formed a network (The ARC HE & ITT Network) who seek to support ARC in a number of ways. Members of ARC are also able to access this network for support in their action research.
There have been a number of key parliamentary and government reports in the past few years which have highlighted the importance of schools promoting children and young people’s mental health, attachment and wellbeing. These are listed below: