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Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsHello and welcome to week two of your course, Caring for Vulnerable Children. Our focus this week is the concepts of attachment, child development, and containment. Simply speaking, this week we'll be thinking about how children and young people grow and develop, the different factors and circumstances that influence this process for them. We'll introduce you to different theories of how we might measure and assess the growth and development of children and young people. This will involve ecological-based models as well as stage-based models. But central to this will be the relationship between nature and nurture and the role that nature, the inbuilt biological impulses versus nurture, the caring experience that children and young people enjoy.

Skip to 1 minute and 1 secondAnd about the relationship between the two of these and how they impact on the growth and development of young people. And we're going to ask you, the participants, to reflect upon your own experience of either growing up or watching other children and young people grow up to reflect on this relationship between nature and nurture. From that, we move on to the theory of attachment. We provide you with some material about attachment in terms of what it is, what it involves, and this process of children and young people forming attachments and relationships with significant carers, their parents, and other adults in their lives.

Skip to 1 minute and 37 secondsWe think about attachment classifications in terms of how we might measure and assess that in children and young people and the relationship between attachment and child development. And to finish off, what we will do is make links back to material from the first week where we think about issues of vulnerability and risk and how these are linked to the processes of attachment and child development.

Welcome to week 2

In week 2 you will begin to learn about the concepts of attachment, containment and child development.

You’ll begin to think about how children and young people grow and develop and the different factors and circumstances that influence this process. You will be introduced to different theories concerning how we can assess the growth and development of children and young people – including both ecological and stage based approaches.

Central to this will be the relationship between nature and nurture and the question as to which of these influences most how children and young people grow and develop. The process of emotional containment is central to this and you’ll be asked to reflect upon your own experiences of watching children grow and develop and the influences of both nature and nurture.

You will also think about attachment, the process by which children and young people form attachments and relationships with key caregivers in their lives, and the impact this has on them as they grow and develop.

We will finish off by making links back to the concepts of risk and vulnerability from week 1, reflecting upon the impact that the experience of these can have on how children and young people grow and develop.

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Caring for Vulnerable Children

University of Strathclyde