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Baby bonds: parenting, attachment and a secure base for children, 21/03/14 [E/NI/S/W]

The Sutton Trust has published a review of international studies of attachment which found that strong emotional bonds between parents and children are vital to ensure proper development in the first few years of life.

However, four out of 10 children fail to bond with their parents and the report concludes that the bond between parent and child from birth to the age of three is even more crucial to a child’s development when poverty and other disadvantages are present. It says that health services and children’s centres need to quickly identify and offer support to parents who are failing to bond with their children in order to prevent serious educational and social problems later in life. The review recommends that parents at risk should receive help in the form of programmes promoting good parenting skills. Those most at risk should receive intensive assistance, including home visits. The study also notes that working mothers or the use of alternative care did not increase the risk of an insecure attachment.

For full details see the Sutton Trust website.

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Baby bonds: parenting, attachment and a secure base for children