The Standards will be a good practice charter for practitioners working through dance but will also be relevant to artists working in other arts forms. They will consist of a set of guidelines accompanied by a attachment aware badge or quality mark, enabling an artist to show that they recognise and are committed to developing attachment and neuroscience informed practice.
The standards are primarily aimed at artists working with children. Standards provide a useful check-list for artists so that they can reflect on their practice and consider the range of skills they need to develop and approaches they need to adopt in order to be most effective and to deliver best practice.
The standards will enable artists to be clear about their ethical stance on how they approach their work and the expectations people can have of them in terms of their professional actions and attitudes. It will help artists highlight how the arts are unique in helping people develop resilience, a sense of self and can potentially change the trajectory of a life.
A growing number of children and young people have emotional and behavioural needs that go beyond the some of our current thinking and strategies. Poverty, parental difficulty, trauma, can mean our children are hard to reach and hard to help. They need our greatest nurturing and care. These children are everywhere; they are the baby coming to take part in your workshop, child in your creative movement class, the young person in your street dance session. We owe it to these children to make sure our our practice matches the needs of our current society. An attachment aware practice is the BEST kind of arts practice there is.
The idea for these standards came about while Our Creative Adventure creator Liz Clark was training in “Applying Neuroscience to Early Intervention” with Neuroscience specialist Mine Conkbayir. The standards have also been influenced by research into “Professional Love” by Professor Jools Page.
All the standards will be informed by research and based on evidence from attachment and neuroscience specialists.
In 2019 Our Creative Adventure will carry out research with independent dance artists, families, social workers, neuroscientists and arts organisations to create standards that will both strengthen and edify the arts sector in their practice and go someway to enabling artists to take their rightful place in society through their ability to:
place people, their aspirations, rights and choices at the heart of their practice
recognise and value the individuality of participants, help them find their own unique ‘voice’ and develop their means of creative expression
create ‘safe’ spaces where individuals can fulfil their human and creative potential
create cultures of respect where people feel positive about themselves and their relationships
create places of awe and wonder which connect people