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In-depth family assessment,

Psychological assessment procedures,

Training and consultancy


In-depth family assessment,

Psychological assessment procedures,

Training and consultancy

What is Cambridge Centre for Attachment?


Cambridge Centre for Attachment (CCA) is based upon the work of its directors Dr Ben Grey and Juliet Kesteven, in partnership with associated colleagues. Its heart is a collaborative multi-disciplinary network of professionals across the UK, aiming to integrate the insights of attachment theory, research, and assessment methods into their work with parents and children.

“Understanding the way parents think about their relationships is key to assessing risk and resilience”

CCA believes that all intervention with children and their families should be founded upon an attempt to fully understand their history and relationships, and that attachment theory offers both a non-judgemental and illuminating way to achieve this. The approach of Cambridge Centre of Attachment looks to integrate on-going relevant research with evidence based practice, to the enrichment of both. Cambridge Centre for Attachment offer bespoke assessments of risk, attachment, parenting and family relationships to Local Authorities and the Family Courts, as well as attachment-informed intervention. CCA is based in Cambridge, but offers a service across the UK.

Cambridge Centre for Attachment is also the home of the Meaning of the Child Interview (MotC: www.meaningofthechild.org), an interview based assessment tool, based on attachment theory, designed to understand the nature of parent-child relationships (Grey and Farnfield 2017a, 2017b). Dr Grey and Ms Kesteven are currently involved in training professionals, Local Authorities, and Voluntary Organisations in the use of the MotC, and supporting them in integrating the use of this procedure in their work with children and families.

“The MotC should be an assessment that every social worker working with children should be able to readily utilise, it can make the difference in getting it right from wrong.”

Barry Tilzey, Consultant Practice Development Lead – London Borough of Wandsworth

[For further testimonials regarding CCA's work with the MotC click here]

Dr Ben Grey and Juliet Kesteven:

Dr Ben Grey and Juliet Kesteven previously ran Family Care’s Centre for Attachment in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. As well as over 20 years of social work experience, Ben Grey and Juliet Kesteven have considerable added psychological training and expertise (Ben Grey holds a PhD in Psychology).  Both are trained and reliable in many different psychological, research validated assessments of attachment, trauma and family relationships, and have a long history of integrating these into in-depth and expert assessments of risk in family relationships. They both have longstanding experience of carrying out assessments with parents and children who have learning difficulties, as well as a specialist interest in autism.

Dr Grey is also a Senior Lecturer in Attachment Studies, in the Department of Psychology, University of Roehampton.  The university’s pioneering Attachment Studies programme is a unique opportunity to study attachment at a post graduate level.

With the support of Juliet Kesteven and other colleagues, Dr Grey developed as part of his doctoral research, The Meaning of the Child Interview (MotC), a method of classifying parenting interviews for the nature of the parent-child relationship (Grey 2014, Grey and Farnfield 2017a, 2017b).

Dr Grey has been part of the development of a protocol for assessing attachment in adults and children in Family Court proceedings, developed through IASA (the International Association for Study of Attachment). The protocol was tested over a 4 year period involving reports submitted to 15 judges in 5 different countries internationally, and Dr Grey is a co-author of the paper on the protocol published in the Journal of Forensic Practice (Crittenden et al. 2013).

CCA are experienced in:

  • Risk Assessment
  • Attachment Assessments
  • Kinship Care Assessments
  • Sibling Relationships Assessments
  • Contact Assessments
  • Permanency Assessments
  • Fostering and Adoption
  • NAI and Denied Child Abuse
  • High Conflict Parental Separation and Parental Alienation
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Autism
  • Coding Attachment Procedures