ERW Attachment Awareness Project: Building Relationships and Resilience

On Monday 27 March 2017, ERW hosted an event 'Attachment Awareness Project: Building Relationships and Resilience'.  The event was used to mark the end of the first 18 months of the project and give schools an opportunity to showcase the changes they have made so far as a result of their new knowledge of attachment and developmental trauma.  It was also an opportunity for schools not previously involved to find out more and to garner interest for the next phase.

In total there was a delegation of 54 primary schools, 10 secondary schools, 5 special schools and 1 middle school from across the ERW region.  20 of those schools made short presentations around attachment-aware practice in their settings, while some contributed to specialist workshops around adoption, mindfulness, THRIVE and Relationship-Based Play.  

The event was opened by Betsan O'Connor, ERW Managing Director, followed by Stephen Gear, Head of Supporting Achievement and Safeguarding in Welsh Government, and Sally Poskett and Daniel Cairns from Kate Cairns Associates, the training providers on Attachment Awareness and Emotion Coaching commissioned by ERW.  Delegates then listened to overview presentations by Lee Prichard from THRIVE, Helen Worrall on Relationship-based play and Elizabeth Daniels from Learning2b.

A Swansea Primary school summed up the day thus: Thank you for inviting us to be part of a really exciting day. Preparing the presentation has helped us to focus our own work and being part of a group with other schools meant we learnt a huge amount about how to take our journey forward with the children.

Another school who have not been part of the Project so far commented: We were very inspired by much of the day and are keen to pursue becoming an attachment aware school. 

The next stage of the Project will focus on embedding attachment aware philosophy into everyday practice and pedagogy through a series of working groups, school-to-school mentoring and specialist training, as well as offering training opportunities for schools that are new to the Project.

Local Authorites Swansea-Abertawe Neath Port Talbot - Castell Nedd Port-Talbot Ceredigion Carmarthenshire - Sir Gaerfyrddin Pembrokeshire-Sir Benfro Powys

ERW is an alliance of 6 local authorities governed by a legally constituted joint committee. Its aim is to implement the agreed regional strategy and business plan to support school improvement.