Attachment is the deep connection made between a child and their main caregiver in the early years of life.  

This connection helps you feel safe, capable and loved, giving you confidence to explore new things and manage different situations. A strong connection is vital to help you develop your social, emotional and intellectual needs. 

Sometimes, strong attachments do not form or can get disrupted due to different reasons. This might be because your main caregiver has become unwell and is less able to care for you.  

Emotional and behavioural difficulties can develop when you feel less safe and secure, causing what is known as insecure attachment or attachment disorder.