Accredited training in children’s emotional development and attachment – an entitlement for all who work in our school

Accredited training in children’s emotional development and attachment – an entitlement for all who work in our schools

The launch of new report titled Accredited training in children’s emotional development and attachment – an entitlement for all who work in our schools by the Consortium for Emotional Well Being in Schools is a great step forward for promoting the importance of attachment theory as a tool to help address mental health issues in young people.

‘It seems quite incredible that we should be asking our teachers to address the challenging behaviour and mental health concerns of our young people  when they have little or no accredited training in children’s emotional development and attachment’   (James Wetz: Chair of the Centre for Social Policy at Dartington)

  • Following on the heels of the Select Committee report on the concerns for the mental health of young people, this new report highlights how inadequate the current training provision is for teachers who are in the front line to address these issues.
  • The report calls for a significant change in the way our teachers should be supported in their work with young people and argues that accredited training in children’s emotional development and attachment should be an entitlement for all those who work in our schools
  • The report is the outcome of earlier round table discussion convened by Francis Earl Listowel in the House of Lords which brought together research academics, leaders of national children’s organisations, trainers, school leaders and practitioners.
  • The report makes 7 recommendations which argue for a wider role for teacher training providers, new responsibilities for Ofsted, an extended role for Virtual Headteachers who provide support in schools for Looked after Children.
  • The report is being launched at the House of Commons on Monday 10th November 2014 at a meeting sponsored by Graham Allen MP and will be supported by contributions from:

Sir Andrew Carter – Chair of the DfE review of Teacher Training
Dr. Maggie Atkinson – Children’s Commissioner
Flora Goldhill – Director of Children, Families and Social Inclusion at the Department of Health
Ndidi Okezie – Executive Director at Teach First
Kevin Kibble – CEO Nurture Group Network
Dr. Poppy Nash -University of York
Download the full report >
For further information, copies of the report, interviews: contact James Wetz on 0117 9424620 jameswetz3@gmail.com

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