Attachment and Relationship-based Practice

David and Yvonne Shemmings



Professor David Shemmings, OBE, PhD, is the Director of the Attachment and Relatonship-based Practice programme, Co-Director of the University of Kent's Centre for Child Protection and Visiting Professor of Child Protection Research at Royal Holloway College, University of London. Professor Shemmings is the author of more than 60 articles, books and chapters on relational-based practice, theory and research.


Together with Yvonne Shemmings, MA, author and experienced trainer, and based on David and Yvonne's own experience in training over 5,000 child protection professionals, Professor Shemmings founded the Attachment and Relationship-based Practice programme*.


The Attachment and Relationship-based Practice programme aims to help practitioners gain a deeper and more theoretically-informed understanding of human relationships and, even more importantly, to equip them with the knowledge and skills to make a difference in the lives of children and their families.


For more information about the project, please contact Prof. Shemmings - enquiry@arpractice.org.uk.


* formally known as the Assessment of Disorganized Attachment and Maltreatment project.



This book provides a comprehensive and accessible text on disorganized attachment. It outlines what it is, how it can be identified, the key causes, how it manifests in adulthood, and the implications for caregivers and those within close relationships.


With an authoritative research base, this accessible text will be invaluable to undergraduate and postgraduate students in the fields of social care, psychology, counselling and allied health professions, as well as practitioners and academics in these fields.


This best-selling text has been used by countless students, practitioners and researchers as a key reference on child protection issues. Written by influential academics and practitioners, this updated edition looks at child protection practices in a global context and provides the latest research and thinking on the causes of child abuse, including new insights from the field of attachment theory


Using examples to highlight key discussions and points, this book will enhance the confidence, knowledge and skills of practitioners, supervisors and managers.


Assessing Disorganized Attachment Behaviour in Children lays out an evidence-based model for working with and assessing children with disorganized attachment and their adult carers: families whose extreme, erratic and disturbing behavior can make them perplexing and frustrating to work with.


Accessible and practical, this book essential is reading for child protection professionals.

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