Chris Taylor

Job Role
Lecturer – Specialist in Adverse Childhood Experiences


Chris has a Masters Degree in Psychology from the Open University. He also holds postgraduate diplomas in child development social sciences. He has thirty years’ experience working with vulnerable and traumatized children with a wide experience, both as a frontline practitioner and manager in contributing to recovery for young people who present a range of problems associated with trauma and early attachment difficulties, including high levels of violence, self-harming, persistent absconding and sexualised behaviour. 

He was instrumental in developing a pioneering health and social care partnership, to work on therapeutic psychosocial interventions with young people with mental health difficulties and personality disorders, who often show high-risk behaviours, including self-harm, parasuicide and are at risk of sexual and criminal exploitation. 

In addition to teaching on the Therapeutic Child Care degree, he continues to train residential workers, foster carers, social workers, therapists, educators, and managers in an attachment perspective to residential and foster care, and special education in the UK and in Poland. 

His two books on practice with attachment, trauma and adversity have been translated into Polish. He has addressed national and international conferences on self-harm, therapeutic work, attachment, trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

Chris enjoys being outdoors and is a keen cyclist, riding about 10000 kilometres a year.


Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision, British Psychological Society

Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Master of Science in Psychology

Advanced Diploma in Child Development

Post Graduate Diploma in Social Science

BSc Honours Degree (2.1)

Certificate in Evidence Based Practice

Certificate in Managing Care 

Certificate in Health & Social Care

Diploma in Counselling, Rusland College

Level 4 - Certificate in Further Education Teaching (7407), City and Guilds

NVQ Level 4 - for Managers in Residential Child Care, City and Guilds

NVQ Level 4 – Care, City and Guilds

NVQ Level 3 - Caring for Children and Young People, City and Guilds

VRQ Level 3 – Safeguarding Children and Young People, City and Guilds

A level English, History and Geography


Adverse Childhood Experiences

Attachment across the lifespan

Trauma-informed organizations


SOC629 The Therapeutic Environment

SOC502 Applied Attachment Theory

SOC606 Childcare Law, Policy and Practice

SOC440 Attachment Theory

SOC505 Sexual Development and the Impact of Sexual Abuse

SOC439 Child Sexual Exploitation: Critical Perspectives on Safeguarding


A Practical Guide to Caring for Children and Teenagers with Attachment Difficulties, Jessica Kingsley: London. (2010)

Empathic Care for Children with Disorganized Attachments: A Model for Mentalizing, Attachment and Trauma Informed Care, Jessica Kingsley: London. (2012)

Zaburzenia Przywiazania u Dzieci i Mtodziezy (translation) (2016). Gadanskiego Wydawnictwa Psychologicznego: Gadansk.

Dzieci i młodzież ze zdezorganizowanym stylem przywiązania. Podejście mentalizowania w empatycznej opiece opartej na wiedzy o przywiązaniu i traumie (translation) (2020). Gadanskiego Wydawnictwa Psychologicznego: Gadansk.