Attachment & alternative care – Module 3


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The focus on attachment theory in fostering, adoption and other forms of alternative care has been to identify standardised, evidence-based, methods of assessment to improve both selection and support by assessing the capacity of a carer to form secure attachment relationships with children who have had poor attachment experiences.

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Attachment and alternative care (Module 3)

Until very recently, the assessment of parenting capacity and style was a discreet area of assessment often ignored in other forms of assessment such as kinship care, foster care, adoption and the assessment of special guardianship applications.

Taking the recent changes to the special guardianship report format as a measure, the Government appears to be acknowledging that assessments of alternative carers should be as much about the parenting capacity of a potential carer as whether they have understood all the issues and are sincere in their desire to care for a child.

Accordingly, the focus on attachment theory in fostering, adoption and other forms of alternative care has been to identify standardised, evidence-based, methods of assessment to improve both selection and support by assessing the capacity of a carer to form secure attachment relationships with children who have had poor attachment experiences.

This day will begin with a review of attachment from a theoretical perspective and introduce the nature of the collaborative process before moving on to considering aspects of a standardised assessment tool for assessing attachment.

Prior to the day commencing participants will be sent a script of an interview conducted by the course leader which will be used as the basis for demonstrating aspects of attachment theory as well as giving participants the opportunity to discuss and formulate their own understanding of the script.

The script will also be used to practice making attachment-based formulations about a carer’s attachment style in report writing.

This course will be different from the two previous linked-days in that more emphasis than hitherto will be placed on asking participants to think about their own attachment experiences and the way this shapes their interviewing and assessment style.

To bring this element of the teaching to life (and because it is taken for granted that professionals should be prepared to experience what they practice), we will interview each other using some elements of some standardised attachment tools.

The day will begin at 9.30am for registration and tea / coffee, with a prompt 10.00am start, the course will end at approx 4.30pm

A light lunch will be provided. Please advise of any allergies or dietary requirements of each individual when booking places on this course.

An electronic certificate of attendance will be provided to all attendees by email after attendance at the course.


Terence Simmons


Terence believes that social work practice is at its best when it is an effective mixture of sound self-awareness, applied intuition and rigorously utilised theoretical frameworks.  Terence also firmly believes that social workers need the ability to express themselves well and clearly and be able to construct arguments that are logical, founded in observational skill, use appropriate evidence and demonstrate that competing viewpoints have been balanced adequately.

As a practitioner, Terence has cast a wide theoretical net but has concentrated largely on the practice of parenting and uses attachment theory as the basis for understanding parenting behaviour and the simplicity of parenting approaches such as the Parent/Child Game for changing parenting behaviour.  However, it is not unusual for him to also rely on his years as a Relate counsellor, mentor, counselling supervisor (for addictions counsellors) as well as his training in systemic family therapy, psychodrama, gestalt psychotherapy and the insights afforded by cognitive psychology.

At times of the greatest stress, he is usually to be found in his shed or playing the drums.

Stratford Circus Arts Centre, Theatre Square, Stratford, London, E15 1BX

A vibrant venue with an impressive design and fully accessible building, Stratford Circus Arts Centre is a short walk from Stratford Station in Zone 2 and it’s easy to get there by road, bus, underground or rail from across London and beyond. Stratford Circus Arts Centre has a cafe open throughout the day from 9am, serving freshly baked cakes and pastries, and a selection of teas and coffee, the venue also has free Wi-Fi throughout the building.

The DLR, London Overground and TFL Rail and National Rail services from Liverpool Street, all serve Stratford station.

Walking from Stratford station
Inside the station follow the signs for the exit to Stratford town centre.
Once you’re outside continue straight over the main road and turn left at the Mall entrance.
Follow the road around for about 300 metres to Theatre Square on your right, where you’ll see the Picture House on your left, Theatre Royal Stratford East on your right and Stratford Circus Arts Centre straight ahead.

Alternative route:
You can access Stratford Circus Arts Centre through Stratford Mall. Once you’ve crossed the road outside the station head into the mall.
Once you reach the centre of the mall, turn left and continue to the exit. When you exit the Mall, next to Theatre Royal (on your right). Stratford Circus Arts Centre is the next building along.

Bus routes 257, 69 (24 hours) and 308 stop outside Stratford Circus Arts Centre on Great Eastern Road.

Other services run to Stratford station: 25 (24 hours), 86, 104, 108 (24 hours), 158, 238, 241, 262, 276, 425, 473, D8.

There are cycle racks at to the left of the main entrance where you can leave your bicycle.

Car Parking
The nearest car park is Stratford multi-storey car park, which is accessed from Great Eastern Road. The entrance is easy to miss so keep an eye out for Service Route 1 on your right hand side, and once you’ve left the Great Eastern Road turn left to enter the car park via the ramp.

There is alternative parking at Westfield Stratford City Shopping Centre and Morrisons supermarket on The Grove.

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