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Attachment is an affectionate bond between two individuals that endures through space and time and serves to join them emotionally.

Attachments do not just happen, they are made. Everything we do in RCC is towards creating an experience of secure attachment for a young person.

The quality of children’s attachments is strongly influenced by the characteristics and capacities of their carers. The more sensitive and reliable the response of a caregiver to a young person the more secure the attachment will be that develops.

The relationship the young person develops is the working model they have for relationships once they move on.

Knowing about Attachment matters

NCERCC will provide materials that enable an understanding of Attachment, how it can go right or wrong, and if so what can be done about it.

Every worker and every home needs the ability to consistently tune into and reflect on the young person’s feelings and thoughts, and understanding their behaviour as communication. The regulation of emotion – managing stress, controlling panic and rage, growing through dependency, interdependence to independence, developing a sense of self and identity, resilience to enable empathy – are all milestones in emotional development are most easily achieved in the context of a secure attachment.

Attachment in education

Emotional security and competence supports educational engagement, advancement, achievement attainment.

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