The secure base model
All children need to feel secure in their relationships with the adults who look after them. Where children have not experienced the kind of sensitive parenting that promotes security and resilience, they will find it difficult to trust and will struggle with managing their feelings and behaviour.
Secure Base is a model of caregiving in fostering and adoption that is based on theories of attachment and resilience while also drawing on child placement research. It provides a valuable framework and strengths-based approach for making sense of fostered and adopted children’s needs and behaviours and sets out the dimensions of caregiving that can support children to thrive and to fulfil their potential.
This practical guide to the Secure Base Model is designed to support social workers and other professionals involved in all aspects of fostering and adoption practice, from recruitment, assessment and preparation to matching and long-term support for placements through to adulthood.
Who is this book for?
Social workers and child care professionals wanting to effectively promote attachment and resilience in foster care and adoption.
What you will find in this book
The book addresses a range of key questions, including:
- What strategies can be used to provide sensitive caregiving that develops secure close relationships?
- How can children be helped to recover from earlier harmful experiences and feel competent to face future challenges successfully and fulfil their ambitions and potential?
- What can help children develop resilience, self-esteem and the capacity to reflect on their feelings?
The guide is accompanied by a DVD which explains the five dimensions of the Secure Base model in practice through the voices and experiences of adopters, foster carers and young people.
Gillian Schofield and Mary Beek developed the Secure Base model. Gillian is Head of the School of Social Work and Professor of Child and Family Social Work at the University of East Anglia (UEA). An experienced social worker, she has a special interest in attachment theory and child placement and has researched and published widely in this field. Mary has had a long and varied career in fostering and adoption practice for Norfolk County Council, and research and publication in the Centre for Research on Children and Families.
Although rooted in established theory, these are primarily workbooks rather than textbooks, with clear layouts and written in easily accessible language. The Secure Base Model’s place in the toolkit of the fostering social worker is already secured. However, anyone involved in children’s social work will find this a useful reference and tool.
Helen Munro, independent social worker, Professional Social Work