UCL Institute of Mental Health


Responses needed for the first UK national survey supporting evidence for Attachment Interventions

5 March 2020

Pasco Fearon, Peter Fonagy, and colleagues from UCL and the University of York are conducting the first UK national survey of current interventions used by services that work with children aged 0-13 years with or at risk of attachment problems and/or their caregivers

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A team of researchers at UCL and the University of York and are conducting an important survey of current practice in the UK for 0-13 year old children with or at risk of attachment problems and/or their caregivers.

The aim is to build a picture of the availability of different kinds of support for those children and families, and what face-to-face attachment interventions are currently being used, as little research has looked into this. The results will be essential for setting priorities for clinical practice and establishing the availability of attachment interventions in different areas for this group of children. The study hopes to find out about face-to-face working, and not online provision. This work will also play an important role in strengthening the evidence base underpinning those interventions. Survey responses will be anonymous, no individuals will be identified in any published materials arising from this project.

The Attachment Matters study are seeking colleagues who work with children and/or their caregivers therapeutically to complete the survey. The survey should take no more than 20 minutes to complete and will help build a picture of attachment intervention provision in the UK. You can also learn more and complete the survey via their social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @Attachment2020. Your help is greatly appreciated!