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Attachment difficulties

Provision and / or strategies:

  • Be aware that a child or young person (CYP) with attachment difficulties may respond differently to behaviour strategies which work with others. Discuss this with your special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) if needed.
  • Be aware that CYP may say they do not want the support offered. This doesn’t always mean that they don’t need it. Seek to support in more subtle ways, but do not withdraw support.
  • Liaise with parents for shared understanding.
  • Consider the family context and the range of CYP who may have attachment difficulties e.g. adopted, forces children, previously child in need, or a child who has experienced care.
  • Check out whether your school has had any attachment-based training or has appropriate resources which may be useful.
  • Ensure there is a good transition when the CYP starts school – check the history.
  • Use attachment informed strategies within class and develop a nurture group or foster a nurture ethos.
  • Consider the appropriateness of existing discipline procedures / behaviour policies. Discuss an individual plan if necessary. The law states that ‘Reasonable Adjustments’ must be made.
  • Liaise with the virtual school for care experienced children, educational psychology service (EPS), learning behaviour advisory team (LBAT) for training.

Last updated 3 September 2020

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