PUBLICATIONS - 24 January 2024

A Child’s Road to Resilience. New publication explores the importance of relationships in child development

SOS Children’s Villages International has just released a publication exploring the scientific evidence for the importance of nurturing relationships in child and youth development.

A Child’s Road to Resilience investigates existing research on the architecture of the brain, the role of attachment, and the healing power of secure relationships even after severe trauma. It sets out to answer the following research questions: 

  • Why are nurturing relationships important for a child's development? 

  • What is the role of nurturing relationships in building resilience and mitigating the impact of neglect, abuse and other traumas? 

  • Can trauma be passed down through generations? 

The publication brings together existing findings and provides a snapshot of current trends in research and practice. In doing so, it is meant to serve as a general introduction for anyone interested in learning more about how relationships in childhood contribute to child development, healing and beyond. 


Investing in ensuring that every child and young person has the bonds they need to thrive is in everyone’s interests and is crucial to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals. For more on how all of society can benefit from quality care for children, see The Care Effect

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