After having a very negative experience centering around a complete lack of understanding on the part of a school it led us to thinking what are the issues and how can we help. From those thoughts the idea for some kind of ‘attainable’ attachment aware school award was born: www.attachmentfriendlyaward.weebly.com This award is intended to be easily achievable and based on a schools intentions rather than ‘hoops to jump through’ and checklists of evidence to collect. It is also not the intention to ‘name and shame’ but to celebrate. Adoptive families can feel very alone and isolated but a school, an understanding and approachable school, can make all the difference for the children and the family – it is this the award hopes to mark and celebrate. In addition, we hope that this site will become a ‘one-stop-shop’ as it collates resources, anecdotes, and advice to help support schools and families. However we need your help to do this please comment or contact us with your resources or sites that you have found helpful and supportive. If you have access to any research, or trainers/courses you can recommend then again please let us know. Finally help us to make this site worth while visiting, contact us with your thoughts for improvements and amendments.
At the moment the website has been published but the award is closed to applicants whilst we gain vital feedback. Please share this site with your friends and colleagues so that feedback and resources can be received. http://www.attachmentfriendlyaward.weebly.com