The keeper of this website is David Keighley, the managing director of MPG. He can be contacted here.
The blog button tells the how and why of MPG and what we are interested in. And it’s a space through which you can tell us of your concerns and issues in this area.
Attachment Science, the exciting explanation of how we develop as human beings both collectively and individually, has come of age in the past decade. The implementation of this knowledge through education and new approaches to social policy will create a much better and happier society – and can save the state billions of pounds. Because for the first time in history, people’s real psychological needs can be met on a systematic basis.
According to the Relationships Foundation, the cost of Attachment failure in the UK is £46bn annually, almost half the annual bill for the NHS.
MPG wants the creation and adoption of policies that, through application of the fundamentals of Attachment, will deliver a more humane, caring and psychologically-aware society, and will also save billions of pounds.
MPG’s goals regarding policy are ambitious, mould-breaking, and numerous, and are laid out here.
We cannot do everything at once, so the short-term goals are a more effective care system, a much more integrative and less confrontational family court process, and recognition by everyone working with families and children that they should honour our Children’s Pledge.
The group has been gathering momentum for the past seven years with a multi-disciplinary team of experts in the field, and has now formally launched itself under the chairmanship of Tim Loughton, who through his work as children’s minister and an MP, has been a driving force. A list of other members of MPG is here.
MPG is establishing itself as a charity, think-tank and pressure group, but unusually is also developing commercial business to sustain itself. Among our first projects is a major new book by Penelope Leach on how parents who separate can best meet their children’s needs for continuing love and security. Half the proceeeds from this exciting new work focusing on the latest findings of attachment science will go to MPG.
MPG's forthcoming book about divorce by Penelope Leach, has been featured on ITV's This Morning and BBC Radio 2's Jeremy Vine Show, as well as a page lead in the Sunday Times. The focus of her important new work is explaining the needs of children whose parents diovorce in the context of the latest attachment science research.
Melanie Gill on MPG