Attachment underpins the whole of life. If a child or a young person has an insecure attachment, every aspect of their life will be will affected. The Fostering Network has resources, training, and publications to help foster carers develop a better understanding of how attachment develops, what can cause attachment difficulties and the issues that this can cause in a child’s behaviour and development.
What is attachment?
Attachment is quite simply a bond from someone who needs care to their caregiver. If the person needing care is scared, distressed or in danger, they will look to the caregiver for help.
In babies, attachment occurs regardless of whether or not the caregiver is any good at meeting their needs, so long as they can identify someone to latch on to.
Attachment may occur at any age, but in later years simply putting someone who needs care in the company of someone who wants to be a caregiver does not automatically result in attachment.
How we can help foster carers
who cares about attachment
- key concepts, phrases, and ideas in attachment theory
- categorising attachment
- fostering and attachment
- what works
You can purchase our Attachment publication online (members of The Fostering Network receive a 50 per cent discount).