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Developing an Attachment Aware Behaviour Regulation Policy


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I have been asked a few times recently to share ideas about developing trauma informed or attachment aware relationships or behaviour policies in schools. It seems that colleagues at Brighton and Hove City Council have done all the heavy lifting and have kindly agreed to share this guidance document. This was written with Brighton and Hove schools in mind so please bear in mind the need to adapt the ideas herein to make them relevant in your local context - but hopefully it is a good starter for ten. Download here.


"The purpose of developing this citywide Attachment Aware Behaviour Regulation Policy Guidance is to promote a move away from traditional behaviour management approaches, which place a huge emphasis on rewards and punishments linked to behaviour, towards a more humanist, relational and universal approach, which is inclusive for all, and can benefit the whole school community.


It is intended to encourage schools to develop their behaviour policies in line with Attachment Aware principles , and to ensure that their Behaviour Regulation Policy translates into whole school practice."


This guidance has been created and kindly shared by Sarah Ahmed and team at Brighton and Hove City Council. If you wish to use or adapt this guidance please credit Brighton and Hove City Council and cite Sarah Ahmed as the lead author. Download here.

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