Children's attachment needs in the context of out-of-home care

Children's attachment needs in the context of out-of-home care

Sara McLean

This webinar discussed attachment theory with special emphasis on its strengths and limitations for informing practice in out-of-home care.

Children's attachment needs in the context of out-of-home care

This webinar was held on 16 November 2016.

A full recording of this webinar is available on our YouTube Channel.

The audio, transcript and presentation slides are available under Event Resources on this page.

Attachment theory has been influential in the field of child development and it is frequently cited in discussions about a child’s needs; however its capacity to inform placement decision-making is limited in important ways. This webinar described what we know, and what needs to be better understood, about children’s attachment needs in the context of out-of-home care.

A practitioner resource on this topic is also available.

The feature image is by Alex Couros, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

About the presenters

Sara McLean

Dr Sara McLean is a registered Psychologist and Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Child Protection. She has worked in the area of child and adolescent mental health since 1997 and has a particular interest in developing effective supports for children in care. Sara has expertise regarding the psychological issues associated with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), and the mental health and behavioural needs of children living in foster and residential care. Sara was recently awarded the inaugural ACU Linacre Fellowship at Oxford University in recognition of her work supporting children in care.