Attachment aware and trauma informed practice

 The Rees Centre’s research on attachment and trauma awareness aims to inform and support anyone interested in starting or continuing their journey towards attachment aware and trauma informed practice in schools.

Children in care and those with a social worker are disproportionately likely to have undergone traumatic experiences and/or to have had difficulty building positive relationships with adults. Evidence shows these experiences can negatively impact on their educational pathways and outcomes

The Timpson programme was a five-year research programme funded by the Alex Timpson Trust, which evaluated the impact of ‘whole school’ attachment and trauma awareness training on experiences and perceived outcomes for vulnerable young people. The programme ran between 2017 and 2022 involving 305 primary, secondary and special schools across 26 local authority areas in England.

The Hadley Trust project explored good practice examples of local authorities supporting schools to develop attachment aware and trauma-informed approaches.

This website brings together findings from the Timpson Programme, related Rees Centre research and links to other useful resources.