Presentation on theme: "Attachment. Separation and Reunion The Child in Care Heather Royce."— Presentation transcript:
Attachment. Separation and Reunion The Child in Care Heather Royce
“Of course the pain of separation from those we love is for all of us a devastating experience, but for the dependent child, the whole world collapses and everything loses meaning. The worst thing that can happen is that trauma can be so great and the child feels helpless in the face of it.” D.W Winnicot.
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Common Themes Separation Fear Change Identity Trauma Loss Emotional regulation Isolation Preoccupations Helplessness Control Worthlessness Hopelessness Poor self image Learning.
A Home for Maisie. “I hate my life.” “I am a nobody.” “Nobody wants me.” “I hate mums.”
What we emotionally experience is what we initially internalise and learn!
Secure Base and Attachment. It is in the early care giving relationships that a child grows to know love, to depend on that love and to come to the conclusion that they are themselves are fundamentally good and worth loving.
A definition of Trauma. “ At the moment of trauma, the victim is (made) helpless by overwhelming force… Traumatic events over whelm the ordinary systems of care that give people a sense of control, connection and meaning.” (Herman, 1992/1997).
!!!!!!!!!!!!! Trauma !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Experiencing abuse and neglect often leads to trauma and disturbed attachment.
Reunion. In 2013 NSPCC reported 10,080 children left care and returned to parents. Research found a half to two-thirds of these children experienced further abuse and subsequently return to care the care system. Reunification often fails due to the lack of back up and support with the family.