The Attachment Research Community
who are we?

The Attachment Research Community (ARC) is a charitable organisation set up in 2017 by virtual school heads, school leaders, psychologists, training organisations and academics, with a mission for ‘every school to be attachment and trauma aware’.

ARC’s purpose is to support all schools and education settings to be attachment and trauma aware in their practice for the benefit of all members of the learning community and particularly the most vulnerable, by bringing together, sharing and celebrating best practice.

Our Mission

All schools Attachment & Trauma Aware
Supporting Schools to Become Attachment & Trauma Aware
Enhancing Existing & Potential Collaborative Communities of Support 
Collating & Providing a National Platform for Research & Practice
Helping to Provide & Extend a National Voice for Attachment & Trauma

Support our Call to Action

Attachment and Trauma Awareness - learning, teaching and emotional wellbeing in schools.

Why join ARC?

Becoming an ARC member opens up professional and educational pathways within a membership platform with readily available resources, regional workshops, panel discussions and virtual events that allow members to network and support each other. As well as regional events, members will benefit from priority booking and discounted prices for ARC's annual conference, which, over previous years, has successfully hosted 2000+ delegates and showcased a list of renowned keynote speakers such as Paul Dix, Prof. Barry Carpenter, Dr. Janet Rose, Kim Goulding and Bessel van der Kolk.

ARC Members commit to:

  • • Promoting inclusion and preventing exclusion
  • • Developing effective strategies to support children and adults
  • • Promoting high quality training
  • • Sharing your learning with the ARC network
  • • Working safely and with supervision

Become a member

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


The ARC Pathway

The ARC Pathway provides support for your development. It is not mandatory but gives formal, national recognition to key stages on your journey from ARC membership, to Bronze, Silver, Gold and Hub centre of excellence.


Conferences & Events

Find out more about the ARC Annual Conference, reginal events and In Care In School.

You can also discover more about our Call to Action.