Attachment Based Mentoring Training for Special Schools

The Educational Psychology Service and Behaviour Support Service are currently running a mentoring project developed for children who have needs relating to relationships and attachment. These may be children who have experienced developmental trauma or interruptions in their interactions and relationships due to their developmental needs and circumstances.

The mentoring draws together research from the fields of attachment, early development and caregiver-child interaction, and solution focused coaching. It aims to train staff to meet the specific needs of these children by providing them with a significant adult in school who is able to use relational approaches, key interaction skills and coaching to support their development.

The project is now in its third year and feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. There are already many examples of the work making significant differences for children back in school.

The course has now been adapted to meet the needs of children with learning and communication and interaction difficulties. The course will focus on developing the interaction and relational skills required to meet the attachment needs of children with learning difficulties as well as looking at using solution focused approaches to support development.

The course runs over 2 days followed by 2 follow up sessions where participants can share good practice, problem solve and engage in casework supervision.

"Weeks run from Monday to Sunday. Please note that weeks without communications to schools are ignored and the links will go to the last week where a communication was made in this category."