Understanding the effects of early trauma, loss and attachment difficulties

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The Yorkshire and Humber Adoption Consortium has partnered with an adoption support charity called PAC-UK on a DfE funded project.

The Virtual School have organised for them to deliver a training session - ‘Understanding the effects of early trauma, loss

 and attachment difficulties'.

The Department for Education is increasingly recognising the long term impact of trauma and loss for children who are looked after, live in adoptive or special guardianship families. 

The children may experience a range of difficulties at school, including problems coping with change and transition, relationship difficulties with adults and other children, and difficulties managing their emotions and behaviours.

All of this can have an impact on their learning and emotional wellbeing.



Venue: Banqueting Suite, City Hall

Date: 7th March 2016

Time: 9am – 12pm or 1pm – 4pm


This highly regarded training covers:   

Understanding the effects of early trauma, loss and attachment difficulties:


  • The importance of children’s first relationships and experiences, and how these shape their attachment styles
  • The impact of trauma, loss, abuse and neglect on children’s developing brains
  • The behaviors and other difficulties which children may present with at school as a result of their early experiences


Evidence-informed practical strategies to support and include:


  • Practical ways to provide nurture and structure for children
  • The role of key adults in building relationships through empathy, trust and holding children in mind
  • Providing emotional containment and teaching self-regulation
  • Working with peers, social skills and play
  • Supporting children through transitions and changes


PAC-UK’s Education Advisers draw from a range of expertise including education, developmental psychology, psychotherapy and neuroscience. We deliver specialist training and consultations to education and social care professionals, adoptive parents and special guardians.




I was delighted with the training. I found the content incredibly useful and interesting, and I left feeling inspired and motivated. I have given the content a lot of thought since yesterday and have started to change my way of thinking already.


Inclusion Leader of an Essex Primary School, September 2014.


 This training session is provided free of charge

Please contact Joanne Sutcliffe on 01274 435860 to book a place



Published: 29/01/2016
Audience: Designated Teachers, SENCO’s and other school and LA professionals
Contact: Joanne Sutcliffe

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