Supporting Pupils with Attachment and Trauma Difficulties

Thursday 14th November 2019       10.00a.m. – 4.00p.m.

£110  including lunch


Research is increasingly showing that the way a child is treated in the early years of their life can be really important and can influence the way they relate to other people.

Trauma occurs when a child has been exposed to multiple adverse experiences or prolonged levels of neglect or abuse, as a developing baby in the womb, and/or during their early years.

Attachment develops when a baby instinctively turns to their caregiver for safety and comfort, and the parent or caregiver protects and cares for the baby. Attachment issues describe a variety of behaviours which may arise after a child has lost his or her primary carer.

A child’s distressed behaviour is often masked or misunderstood in our schools, causing escalating stress on all levels. These issues can often mean a child is excluded or moved to inappropriate settings and this can lead to family breakdowns, mental health difficulties and life-long problems.

This course will support schools in identifying and supporting those children who may have had adverse childhood experiences leading to trauma and attachment issues.


Course sessions will cover:

  • What are Adverse Childhood Experiences?  What is Trauma?

  • What is attachment?  Why attachment is important for learning and behaviour.

  • The important role of schools in supporting these children.  Practical classroom strategies.


Course led by Lorraine Petersen OBE