Attachment and the Adoptive Child

Posted on 26/11/2014 by AC Education Team

"Human babies are born utterly helpless. If a baby is not claimed by the community into which it is born it will die. So all children who survive were claimed by someone as babies. The question is therefore not about whether or not a baby was claimed, but it is about the quality of the claiming. What impact did the first experiences of life have on the developing brain of this child?”
AC Education - Attachment and Loss Course 2014

  • Studies show that babies seek their adult for stress regulation and soothing.  
  • The ability to regulate stress is developed through attachment relationships and so children and young people whose infant attachment needs were not met cannot regulate stress. 
  • Unregulated stress leads to changes in blood supply to key areas of the brain, damaging the brain permanently. 

However it is possible for traumatised children to recover.
Most who chose to adopt, will find that the child may act in a challenging way...whether they are withdrawn and reluctant to integrate into the family unit, or they feel the need to control everything around them, or are generally disruptive within the household, pushing boundaries to challenge rejection.  These behaviors stem from the scars of attachment based trauma.

To enable you to understand and address these issues and offer the right kind of support to the child, we offer our Attachment and Loss Short Course which has become an invaluable resource to Adoption Teams within Local Authorities across the UK and Ireland.

For further details on this and all our extensive training programmes please contact AC Education.

Bespoke E-learning Courses

Short Course Programme

We offer a wide range of accessible courses for the whole children’s workforce. Our courses are informative and user friendly. Feedback has shown that this learning develops practice and can improve outcomes for children and young people. They provide a simple platform to gain that important extra knowledge and are a must for everyone working with vulnerable children and young people.

We also have a number of equally effective courses aimed to supplement training for those working in adult social care. These cover a variety of topics, including Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults, and there are many more courses in development for the coming year.

Child Protection

The need for high-quality child protection training has never been greater. Our online safeguarding courses provide a straightforward and flexible way to undertake this crucial training at two levels. These courses are essential for everyone whose work brings them into contact with children in any capacity.


Edexcel BTEC Courses

BTEC Qualifications

These Edexcel accredited online courses provide professional development covering a broad range of issues in working with children. They include important theory and practical skills, and offer great benefits to learners with real improvements in outcomes for children and young people.

Level 3 Diploma for foster carers wishing to develop their skills
Level 3 Certificate for anyone working in education with vulnerable children and young people
Level 4 Certificate for professionals wishing to develop real expertise in their field
Level 5 Certificate for designated teachers to understand the needs of looked after children

BTEC Award (single unit) courses are also available at levels 3, 4 and 5 for anyone working professionally with children and young people and wanting to focus their study on a particular subject.


Blended Courses

Designated Teacher Training

This blended learning programme for designated teachers is devised to improve the understanding and support of vulnerable children in schools. The programme consists of a one day conference and each school will then have access to our online resource – Education and Trauma.


Face-to-Face Events

We provide a variety of one day training events on specialist subjects suitable for those working with vulnerable adults, children and young people. The courses are delivered by our associate expert trainers, who are fully trained and supported to deliver our unique range of course material. These courses can be tailored to meet your needs and can include an online resource. 


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For full details on all the new developments we have planned and to have your say, please call our training consultants today!

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