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An Introduction to the Secure Base Model


The Secure Base Model devised by Gillian Schofield and Mary Beek (UEA) focuses on the interactions that occur between caregivers and children, through the provision of a positive framework for therapeutic caregiving, which helps infants, children and young people to move towards greater security and builds resilience.

With children firmly in focus, this open course provides an introduction to the Secure Base Model framework and specific related tools which enable practitioners to assess prospective foster carers’ and adopters’ parenting capacities and on-going support needs.


Fostering social workers, fostering team/registered managers and fostering panel members, adoption social workers, adoption team managers, special guardianship assessors, children’s social workers and service managers, children’s guardians, residential workers, care workers.

20 places available. 


  • To provides a framework for considering the skills and capacities associated with offering therapeutic care as part of family life in foster care and adoption
  • To develop critical thinking and reflective practice in the completion of fostering, adoption and assessments relating to parenting capacity and support provision
  • To consider the application of Secure Base resources and tools to specific practice areas


Jo Woolf, CoramBAAF Associate Trainer*

Facilitator subject to change


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Promoting Attachment and Resilience

Gillian Schofield and Mary Beek

This practical guide is designed to support foster carers and adopters in offering the best possible sensitive care for troubled children who have often experienced trauma and loss, using the Secure Base Model. It provides a valuable framework and strength-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.  


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The Secure Base Model

Gillian Schofield and Mary Beek

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.


Registration 9.45am*

Start 10.00am*

Close 4.00pm*

*Times subject to change


Full or associate CoramBAAF member £105.00 + £21.00 VAT - Total £126.00

Individual CoramBAAF member £85.00 + £17.00 VAT - Total £102.00

Non-member £130.00 + £26.00 VAT - Total £156.00


Telephone 020 7520 7523



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