This section provides a range of resources to support practice. Some resources provide additional information that may be of help.
The Secure Base Model: Promoting attachment and resilience in foster care and adoption.Gillian Schofield and Mary Beek (2023)
Promoting Attachment and Resilience: A guide for foster carers and adopters on using the Secure Base modelGillian Schofield and Mary Beek (2023)
Attachment Handbook for Foster Care and AdoptionGillian Schofield and Mary Beek (2018)
A Secure Base in foster care: Brief introduction by Professor Gillian Schofield (9 minutes)
Introduction to the Secure Base model: An attachment and resilience based model of caregiving: lecture by Professor Gillian Schofield (one hour)
Foster carers and a young care leaver talking about providing and receiving Secure Base caregiving - examples for the five Secure Base dimensions
Assessing a placement in difficulties
Assessing foster carers
Building the trust of a newly placed child
Preparing inexperienced foster carers for a long-term placement
Supporting an adolescent placement in difficulties
Supporting grandparents in a kinship care placement
The Secure Base model: promoting attachment and resilience
Training programme: 1 session
Training Programme: 1 session (PDF)
Training Programme: 1 session (PPTs)
Training programme: 5 sessions
Training Programme: 5 sessions (PDF)
Because caregivers and childcare professionals have found these ideas and resources helpful, we want to make them readily available through this website.
There are two simple conditions for their use:
- The source of the materials should be acknowledged. That is: Secure Base model, Gillian Schofield and Mary Beek, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.
- The core elements of the Secure Base model (that is, the model itself and the cycles) should not be changed.