This section provides a range of resources to support practice. Some resources provide additional information that may be of help.



Growing up in foster care: providing a secure base through adolescence (Schofield and Beek 2009)

Providing a secure base for LGBTQ young people in foster care: the role of foster carers (Schofield, Cossar, Ward, Larsson and Belderson 2019)


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)


Video clips:

Foster carers and a young care leaver talking about providing and receiving Secure Base caregiving - examples for the five Secure Base dimensions







Resource Downloads

Secure Base Checklist: 0 - 18m

Secure Base Checklist: 19m - 4yrs

Secure Base Checklist: 5yrs - 10yrs

Secure Base Checklist: 11yrs - 18yrs


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)

Session 1 PPTs: Introduction & Availability
Session 2 PPTs: Sensitivity
Session 3 PPTs: Acceptance
Session 4 PPTs: Co-operation
Session 5 PPTs: Family Membership

Please note:

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.