What next?

Attachment theory and research has come a very long way since Bowlby's seminal papers from the 1960’s and 70’s. Since that time there have been advances in cutting-edge behavioural genetics, emotional neuroscience, quantitative psychology research and the effects of intergenerational trauma regarding the mechanisms and trajectories of attachment. However, despite this new body of knowledge there is still more to understand and even more to influence those who govern and manage our educational, health and social care and judicial systems in the design and deployment of policies and practice in ways that facilitate relational approaches.

It is therefore the aim of ARC to facilitate and collaborate with individuals, groups or institutions wishing to pursue an attachment aware and trauma informed approach to their work in education. It is also the aim of ARC to collate and disseminate current research with the aim of building up a body of knowledge that can inform and inspire generations to come.

How do you become an attachment aware setting? The ARC pathway is based on the experience of 100s of schools and settings and the professionals working with them. It is designed to help you to consider where you are now and look at what you may do next to develop and embed your attachment aware practice.

Take a look at the ARC pathway and how ARC membership will help you on your attachment aware journey.


What is attachment?

 “A deep and enduring emotional bond that connects one person to another across time and space”

As infants and small children cannot care for their own basic needs they are born biologically pre-programmed to form attachments with others.


Why is it important?

Children develop attachment relationships even with the most neglectful and abusive caregiver. Therefore, it is the quality of the attachment between the child and the carer that is crucial. 


Become a member

By joining the ARC you will become part of our growing community of schools, settings, Virtual Heads, educational psychologists and many more, who are all committed to developing best practice by sharing their learning about attachment and trauma.