Looked after children

Dan Hughes on trauma, early child development and attachment

Dan Hughes is a leading authority on dyadic developmental psychotherapy and has integrated recent research on the neurobiology of trauma, early child development and attachment.

During one of his many trips to Scotland as a guest of Scottish Attachment in Action, Iriss was pleased to video record Dan explaining how the brain reacts to trauma and how an understanding of this process is helpful to foster and adoptive parents as well professionals such as residential care workers and teachers.

How early years trauma affects the brain

The child who mistrusts good care

Dan Hughes, Clinical Psychologist, from U.S.A., is the originator of dyadic developmental psychotherapy (DDP) and also attachment-focused family therapy. He is an internationally acclaimed therapist and author of ground-breaking books on attachment and emotional recovery.

Food for Thought: resources on food and care

Food for Thought is an ESRC-funded project led by Ruth Emond, Samantha Punch and Ian McIntosh of the University of Stirling. A website of resources has been launched today as part of the project, which includes food-based training, assessment and intervention tools for carers of looked after young people.

Children, food and care

Insight 22

This Iriss Insight reviews the evidence about how food practices affect children in different care settings, drawing heavily from the experience of children in foster and residential care. However, many of the issues explored here have similarities to the experience of adults supported by social services and carers, so the Insight may also be of interest beyond those working with children.

Redesigning support for care leavers

Exploring the use of co-productive methods to collaboratively design and improve leaving care services

Final report of a project that brought together care leavers in Argyll and Bute with their corporate parents (throughcare and aftercare, social work, health, homelessness and education services), to explore what a co-productive approach could look like in the social work sector.

Attachment - the importance of physical and emotional safety - Edwina Grant

Scottish Attachment in Action network seminar

Edwina Grant, an independent psychologist and Chair of Scottish Attachment in Action, introduces a meeting of SAIA with a discussion of the importance of physical and emotional safety and 'the dance of attunement'.

Recorded at Scottish Attachment in Action network seminar, why attachment matters for all.