Attachment difficulties in schools

Secondary

A tip sheet offering advice for school staff working with children and young people with attachment difficulties.

This tip sheet provides a brief summary of what school life may be like for children and young people with attachment difficulties and for the school staff who work with them. The guidance explains what ‘attachment difficulties’ means, possible behaviours you might see in school and what school staff can do to help.

Using this resource

This resource is designed for:

  • School staff

Curriculum links

England - RSHE

Mental health and wellbeing

By the end of secondary school pupils should know:

• how to talk about their emotions accurately and sensitively, using appropriate vocabulary

• how to recognise the early signs of mental wellbeing concerns

• that happiness is linked to being connected to others.

Northern Ireland – Learning for Life and Work

Personal Health

KS3 pupils should have opportunity to:

• Investigate the influences on physical and emotional /mental personal health

• Develop understanding about, and strategies to manage, the effects of change on body, mind and behaviour

• Develop strategies to promote personal safety

Scotland – Health and Wellbeing

Mental and emotional wellbeing

• I am aware of and able to express my feelings and am developing the ability to talk about them.

• I know that we all experience a variety of thoughts and emotions that affect how we feel and behave and I am learning ways of managing them. 

Wales - Health and Wellbeing

How we process and respond to our experiences affects our mental health and emotional wellbeing:

Progression step 3:

• I can self-regulate my emotions in a healthy way using strategies that I have developed.

• I can see the benefits of communicating about feelings as one of a range of strategies which can help promote positive mental health and emotional well-being.

Progression step 4: I can identify different strategies to self-regulate my emotions in response to a range of experiences.

Progression step 5: I can contribute towards a culture where talking about mental health and emotional well-being is encouraged and normalised.

 

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