Attachment Matters for All: Executive Summary

Judith Furnivall, Mary McKenna, Shelagh McFarlane, Edwina Grant

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In 2011 the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) published research into care and permanence planning for looked after children. This identified long delays in achieving permanence, multiple placements and the adverse effects of these on children’s attachments. Potential long-term effects on individuals of poor attachment experiences in infancy and childhood include an increased risk of violent and anti-social behaviour, mental and physical health difficulties and a reduced capacity to parent their own children. Attachment-informed practice can ameliorate the long-term effects of early adversity. The Scottish Government responded to the SCRA research by commissioning the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS) and Scottish Attachment in Action (SAIA) to map attachment training and attachment-focused practice in Scotland.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationGlasgow
PublisherUniversity of Strathclyde
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2012


  • attachment
  • children and young people
  • looked after children
  • attachment mapping


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