About Fiona Sheikh, founder of Hope Attachment
My passion and vision, is that as many schools as possible receive high quality training to enable all children with possible attachment issues to receive understanding and the help they need to be successful in the classroom.
I was first inspired to work with looked after children when my parents fostered teens, when I was a teen myself. In 2005, after working with children’s charities in Thailand for 10 years with my husband and son, we returned to the UK, and were approved as foster carers with Sheffield City Council.
The night of our first foster placement opened our eyes to the reality and difficulties that children in the care system have, as a tiny 3 year old hit, bit and swore at me in a rage that lasted hours. For the next 5 years, I dedicated my free time to reading, researching and undertaking training in order to understand what the children were trying to communicate through their behaviour and how we could help them to heal.
In 2009, I joined the Targeted Mental Health in Schools (TaMHS) team, which is funded by Sheffield City Council. Here, I was able to combine my experience as a foster carer, with knowledge of looked after children in schools, to write a dedicated training package supporting school staff to understand the psychological, neurological and physiological issues faced by children in the care system and to provide them with therapeutic practices to use in the classroom setting.
In early 2014, I decided to reduce my hours with TaMHS in order to set up Hope Attachment Training and Therapeutic Services so I could dedicate more time achieving my vision and in 2015, left my job to dedicate myself full-time to my passion.
My professional qualifications and training
To deepen my knowledge and ability to help traumatised children, I have undertaken the following training:
BSc (Hons) Psychology
Theraplay Level 1 and 2
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) Level 1 and 2
Family Future’s Neurophysiological Psychotherapy Level 1 and 2
Sensory Attachment Intervention Level 1 Just Right State Children’s Programme Training
Just Right State Parents’ Programme Training
Currently am undertaking a MSc Attachment Studies at Roehampton University
Since starting up in 2014, 10 out of 10 parents/carers who's child received therapeutic support would recommend Hope Attachment to others.
Hope Attachment consistently receives 5 out of 5 feedback scores from school staff and professionals who have undertaken training.
Please get in touch if you would like to find out more about our services and how we can help.