Resources and video links

These resources and video links bring together those provided by CEL&T as well as those provided by other organisations and institutions that support the basis of this site and are freely accessible. Please ensure you do respect the copyright and license requirements for materials within this page as they may vary depending on point of origin.

Keeping children safe a handy interactive guide provided by: ACLS Medical Training ,  United States 

Use this link to access your interactive guide- keeping children safe- just click on the items for more information


Developed by the Centre on the Developing Child at Harvard University; the following videos are excellent resources in developing understanding of impact of loss and trauma for childrens ability to learn and develop overall, the three videos are part one of a three-part series titled “Three Core Concepts in Early Development” from the Center and the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. The series depicts how advances in neuroscience, molecular biology, and genomics now give us a much better understanding of how early experiences are built into our bodies and brains, for better or for worse. Healthy development in the early years provides the building blocks for educational achievement, economic productivity, responsible citizenship, lifelong health, strong communities, and successful parenting of the next generation:

Center on the Developing Child (1) Experiences Build Brain Architecture

Center on the Developing Child (2) Serve & Return Interaction Shapes Brain Circuitry

Centre on the Developing Child (3) Toxic Stress Derails Healthy Development

Whilst Early Years are vital to brain development the Brain is also rapidly developing during adolescence and the teenage years- as most parents will testify- these can be high risk and complicated times for many young people- TED Talks provides an excellent insight into this period into early adulthood, the following video is presented by Sarah-Jayne Blakemore: Why do teenagers seem so much more impulsive, so much less self-aware than grown-ups? Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore compares the prefrontal cortex in adolescents to that of adults, to show us how typically “teenage” behavior is caused by the growing and developing brain

TED Talks: Mysterious working of adolescent brain

Having developed a supportive network for Adopter families and their children who are experiencing difficult times and decisions, the Open Nest have produced two videos to help others understand the impact not only on the child or children but how attitudes and behaviours of others, not matter how well meaning;  may infact add to the impact rather than support the family and child create. These animated videos help clarify issues to promote understanding

Lost Children of Trauma

The Open Nest: Brighter Thinking

Know me to teach me



the past few years have seen an incredible number of policy updates and changes to legislation for those working with and supporting children and young people, this is just a small selection of recent releases:


National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (2015) Children’s attachment: attachment in children and young people who are adopted from care, in care or at high risk of going into care. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Her Majesties Government (2014) Children and Families Act 2014, CHAPTER 6 Her Majesties Government (HMG)


Her Majesties Government (2016) Education and Adoption Act 2016 HMG June 2016

Department for Education and Department for Health (2015) Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years DfE and DoH published January 2015

Children/ Young People- Loss and Trauma

American Psychological Association (2008) Children and Trauma. Update for Mental Health Professionals. American Psychological Association. Presidential Task force on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Trauma in children and Adolescents

National Association of School Psychologists (2011). Identifying Severely Traumatized Children: Tips for Parents and Educators. National Association of School Psychologists

Department for Mental Health (Vermont) (n.d.) Child Trauma. Department for Mental Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Violence Prevention (2014) The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Violence Prevention

Susan Hois (n.d) Effects of Separation and Loss on Children’s Development.

Queensland Government. Department of Child Safety (2006) Practice Paper: Supporting children and young people in care through transitions. August 2006. Queensland Government. Department of Child Safety




Bath Spa University (n.d.) An Introduction to Attachment and the implications for Learning and Behaviour

Cameron R J and McGinn C (2008) The Authentic Warmth Dimension of professional childcare. British Journal of social work

Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute (2006) ADOPTION IN THE SCHOOLS: A LOT TO LEARN. The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute


Furnivall J., McKenna M., McFarlane S. and Grant E. (2012) Attachment Matters for All – An Attachment Mapping Exercise for Children’s Services in Scotland, Centre for excellence for looked after children in Scotland. Strathclyde.

Funwell J (2011) attachment-informed practice with looked after children and young people. The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS).

Graham G (2006) Attachment Theory and Wellbeing for the Young Person in Residential Care: the Provision of a Second Chance Secure Base for the Child in Crisis. Dublin Institute of Technology

Mary Ryan (2012.) How to make Relationships Matter for Looked After Young People A handbook. National Children’s Bureau

Perry, B.D.  Maltreatment and the developing child: How early childhood experience shapes child and culture.  The Inaugural Margaret McCain lecture (abstracted); McCain Lecture series, The Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System, London, ON, 2005

Sanjeev Pathak, MD Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD (2005) Anxiety Disorders:

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders FASD

British Medical Association (2007) Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, London: British Medical Association

British Medical Association (2016) Alcohol and pregnancy. Preventing and managing fetal alcohol spectrum disorders- June 2007 (updated February 2016). – this pdf version opens following search using title

Coles, C. (1994). Critical periods for prenatal alcohol exposure. Alcohol Health Research World, 18(1), 22-29

Lang, J Ten Brain Domains: A Proposal for Functional Central Nervous System Parameters for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis and Follow-up. Journal of the FAS Institute, 4, 1-11, 2006

Mencap/ NOFAS UK (2011.) Alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) Information for parents, carers and professional

All Parliamentary Advisory Group (2015) INITIAL REPORT OF THE INQUIRY INTO THE CURRENT PICTURE OF FASD IN THE UK TODAY: link to full report and appendices









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