What does your service do?Square One Attachment advise teachers and support staff working with children who have suffered a traumatic background and those who are fostered or adopted in school. A qualified and experienced teacher with a background in meeting the needs of children with Attachment difficulties will visit the child in school and observe them in their classroom and at play. She will also talk to the members of staff working with the child and offer some strategies that are easily implemented. Following on from the visit she will write a full report of the observations, discussions and offer ideas to support them better. The school is also entitled to 3 follow up telephone calls. We work term time within school hours. She is also able to offer staff training on INSET or at staff meetings.
Where is it located and what areas does it cover?Square One Attachment will travel to any school or setting in West Sussex.
Who does your service provide for?We work with children from 3-16 years, and are fully inclusive.
How can I start using your service?Square One Attachment can be contacted through their website, by email or by phone on 07840 846063. Parents or schools are encouraged to contact us. The charge for individualised support for a child is £250, staff training usually lasts 3 hours and costs £150 however we are happy to discuss adapting the package to meet individual needs better. It is entirely appropriate for schools to use Pupil Premium Plus money as this would cover meeting the Attachment needs of adopted children. At present there is no waiting list.
How are decisions made about who can use your service?Bookings are taken initially by phone and a booking form will then be emailed to the school or setting for them to complete providing us with contact details.
How do you communicate with service users and how are they involved in decision making/planning?Most communication is by phone or email. Feedback is welcomed following on from a visit and published on the website, if the user agrees. We send the report to the school or setting paying for the service and would expect them to communicate this with parents.
Is your service fully accessible?We use the school or setting the child is already attending.
What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had or are having?Julie Johnson is a qualified and experienced teacher with an interest in supporting children with Developmental Trauma, Loss and Attachment difficulties. She is an adoptive parent and has first-hand experience of working with children with Trauma, Loss and Attachment Difficulties. Julie trained to be an Attachment Lead teacher with Louise Bomber at Touchbase in 2018 and has attended conferences led by Dan Hughes, Bryan Post, Bruce Perry and Margot Sunderland. She has read many books by Louise Bomber, Dan Hughes, and many others on how to support children in school. She has also been on training regarding Sensory Integration, Non-Violent Resistance and ‘Inside I’m hurting’ by Anne Henderson of Yellow Kite.