South West Regional Lead:

Richard Parker & Kate Brooks  / 

South West includes: Bristol, Cornwall (including the Isles of Scilly), Dorset, Devon, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire.

Local Authorities:

 Bath and North East Somerset  Dorset South Gloucestershire
 Bournemouth Gloucestershire Swindon
Christchurch and Poole Isles of Scilly Torbay
Bristol North Somerset Wiltshire
Cornwall Plymouth
Devon  Somerset

Regional Updates:

We formally launched the ARC South West network through a webinar on Thursday 26 May, chaired by ARC Trustee Kate Brooks. Claire Hill of  Raysfield Primary,  South Gloucestershire, Stuart  Heron of Maysfield Special School and Sam Toohey from St Cuthbert Mayne secondary school (both in Torbay) shared their experience of the challenge and opportunities of developing attachment and trauma aware practice in their schools, and Jez Piper, CEO of the Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust (DBAT)outlined the way in which his MAT is working with schools, children and families to extend these approaches across a range of schools, both urban and rural. Stuart, Sam and Tracey Palmer also described Torbay’s whole authority attachment initiative, which we hope will be presented as a workshop at the ARC annual conference. 

View the South West Regional launch here

Meanwhile we look forward to working with colleagues across the South West, especially in virtual schools, in spreading the message. We have had a good range of submissions for the Alex Timpson award, and will be extending our support package across the region. The next (virtual) meetings of the ARC SW network are at 2pm on Tuesday 5 July, and on Tuesday 13 September – please contact if you are interested in participating.

As a result of Jez and his DBAT colleagues’ efforts and introductions we will also be working with the Church of England Education Office initiative on trauma-informed schools, both nationally and on a regional/diocesan basis, so watch this space for further developments!