Understanding Child Development & Attachment Theory

This course will identify the importance of understanding child development and attachment theory and its relevance to children, young people and adults who have experienced harm.

The course will give you an introduction to the subject area and its relevance to the short- and long-term implications for children, young people and adults who have experienced difficulty during their childhood and adolescent years.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Provide a basic understanding of child development and attachment theory.
  • To develop a basic understanding of the developing brain and how abuse may effect neurological development.
  • Support you as practitioners to understand why difficulty in childhood can impact on aspects of everyday life now and in the future.
  • To understand the importance of appropriate and consistent relationships to support healthy child and adolescent development.
  • To identify concepts relating to “Good enough parenting”
  • To understand the concept of childhood adversity and trauma and how this may affect the adult survivor of abuse.
  • Allow participants to understand the importance of early help and prevention where abuse is a factor for children as they grow.
  • To support practitioners to develop solution focused strategies to help to minimise the effects of abuse and help to develop resilience in children and young people where abuse is happening or has happened
  • To understand the importance of the “change cycle” when planning interventions to support better outcomes for children and young people.
  • To identify strategies to support parental understanding of childhood development and parenting.

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