Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

Trauma and Attachment in the classroom

What are the consequences of turmoil in a child’s early life and how does it affect their behaviour and learning in school. Sue Clifford digs deeper into the issues and suggests some responses.
pre-school boy in deep thought

Children who are adopted and fostered are likely to have experienced substantial, sustained trauma in their early lives before ending up in, what we would hope is a safe place, in a foster home or an adoptive family. This trauma will have adversely affected their ability to make secure attachments and, consequently, their ability to manage relationships in the world. Thus, school will usually be a place of fear for them because they are unable to use the safety of adults appropriately and will not be able to make strong peer relationships. 

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