Emotional health and wellbeing

Emotional health is one of the most significant barriers to the progress of vulnerable children.

All those working with children in care should make themselves aware of the physiological and psychological effects of early abuse, trauma and loss, on attachment and resilience. These are key factors in the way in which vulnerable children view peers and adults and influence their relationships with them.

A child's early development has a significant impact on a child’s attachment needs which in turn impact on their ability to settle to learn in school. The DfE have published guidance on this subject: Promoting the health and wellbeing of looked after children (PDF, 559KB). 

As part of the Children and Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing 2020 Plan, which is focused on transforming services that supports emotional, behavioural, and mental health needs of all children and young people in east and west Suffolk, the Emotional Wellbeing Gateway website is available to support professionals, parents and carers. 

Attachment Training

Suffolk's Psychology and Therapeutic Service are able to offer a variety of attachment training options to schools and settings in Suffolk. Find out more information about attachment training (PDF, 2.4MB).

Referrals to Inclusion Services and Specialist Education Services

For a copy of the Inclusion Services referral form, as well as referrals to the LA’s Specialist Education Services, including CISS, the Dyslexia Outreach Service, the Multi-Agency Assessment Panel (MAAP) as well as Specialist Admissions, please see the Local Offer website. The inclusion referral forms are also available from the Suffolk Learning website.

Attachment Aware Schools

Attachment Aware Schools (PDF, 1.58MB) is a partnership between Bath Spa University, Bath and North East Somerset Council, the National College for Teaching and Leadership, a range of third sector organisations, attachment specialists, and schools. It provides a range of awareness raising and training resources, and links to others that can be a significant aid to any professional working to promote the educational progress of children in care.

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