ARC 2024 Annual Conference

Creating a Relational Solution - Improving outcomes for children and young people through connecting the Education, Health, Social Care and Criminal Justice systems.

Tuesday 19 November 2024, The Eastside Rooms, Birmingham.

Nominations are open for the 2024 Alex Timpson ARC Attachment Awards

Please send all nominations to
Closing date for nominations is 21 June 2024
Shortlisted nominees will be contacted by 5 July 2024
Deadline for shortlisted content is 18 October 2024

Why start here?

Attachment theory explains how children build an internal working model of themselves and the world through relationships. Trauma, abuse, neglect, separation and bereavement have adverse effects, which means the child and adult's sense of safety and relationships need to be rebuilt in order for them to learn.

The Attachment Research Community (ARC) supports schools and settings to develop best attachment and trauma aware practice. ARC is a charitable organisation set up in 2017 with a mission to support all schools to be attachment and trauma aware


Our Approach

The ARC supports the development of best attachment and trauma aware practice in education in order to benefit everyone's mental health and well-being. ARC supports members to develop and embed their practice. 


Our Trustees

The ARC was founded by Virtual Heads and Academics who saw how attachment and trauma aware approaches made a difference to young people and adults in schools and settings. 


Become a member

By joining The ARC you will become part of a growing community of schools, settings and many more who are all committed to developing best practice by sharing their learning about attachment and trauma.


Active Members


Active Schools


Virtual Schools


Audits Performed