Attachment, Trauma and Resilience - 2016 EDITION

Therapeutic caring for children

Written by Kate Cairns and Brian Cairns
Price: £15.95
Publisher: CoramBAAF
Publication date: 2016
ISBN: 978 1 910039 359
Attachment, Trauma and Resilience front cover
About the book

Over a 25-year period Kate and Brian Cairns, along with their three birth children, fostered 12 children ranging in age from four to 15 at the time of joining the family. In their highly successful books Attachment, Trauma and Resilience (Kate Cairns) and Fostering Attachments (Brian Cairns) they offered a compelling insight into the realities of family life with children who have lived through overwhelming stress. Now for the first time Kate and Brian’s separate works have been combined in this new edition of Attachment, Trauma and Resilience.

In this remarkable and inspirational book, Kate and Brian draw upon the wealth of their personal and professional experience to offer an insight into the realities of family life with children who have lived through overwhelming stress. Vividly described scenarios show how the family responded to children displaying powerful feelings and difficult behaviours following their experiences of attachment difficulties, loss, abuse and trauma.

The book is structured in three parts. The first two comprise the text of the first edition of Kate’s book Attachment, Trauma and Resilience whilst the third is an account of practical parenting strategies first published in Brian’s Fostering Attachments. Kate’s writing focuses on trauma and brain injury, and the theoretical and research basis behind the family’s fostering approach, and how this can be used to help children recover. Brian’s work is more intensely practical, exploring day-to-day approaches and important aspects of interaction with children which can help to promote their resilience and encourage healing.

Together their work forms a holistic whole. The authors’ commitment to traumatised children and helping families care for them informs the humane and mature approach that is evident throughout. Anyone caring for or working with children separated from their families will find much that is inspiring, illuminating and affirmative in this seminal work.


The authors

Kate Cairns is a social worker and teacher. She has established KCA training to share transformative knowledge about attachment, trauma and resilience across children’s services.

Brian Cairns worked as a teacher and social worker. He now pursues a range of activities including serving as a Tribunal and Panel member.


Praise for Attachment, Trauma and Resilience

‘A powerful book, that speaks eloquently of the contribution that foster carers can make in providing a therapeutic environment in which children can heal and flourish.’

Child and Family Social Work 

‘Beautifully written with profound insights about what might be helpful for very deeply troubled children.’

Robbie Gilligan


Praise for Fostering Attachments

‘... highly recommended for both carers and professionals in this field – and anyone else who wants to be inspired! ’

Children Australia

‘Although the book tells of an admirable achievement, no hint of self-satisfaction is apparent and the writing contains flashes of wry humour.’

Alan Rushton