When children develop trust in the availability and reliability of these relationships, their anxiety reduces. They explore and enjoy their world, safe in the knowledge that they can return to their secure base for help when needed. A secure base is essential because it links attachment and exploration. This is important because trauma will often lock children in arrested development. The Secure Base Model enables us to target developmental delay successfully through developing confidence, competence and resilience. Secure Base also supports a trauma-informed PEP plan very efficiently.
Learning Outcomes for Secure Base Training:
1. Understanding of the fundamental principles of attachment and bonding critical for healthy development
2. Understanding how healthy attachment is facilitated
3. Understanding the various ways that neglect and abuse negatively influence attachment and exploring the consequent challenging behaviours
4. To have strategies to help children with attachment difficulties
5. Be able to implement through the service the five dimensions of the Secure Base model.
6. Be aware of the recording procedures and mapping tool to evidence your work.
It is recommended that Secure Base is adopted as a service-wide provision to enable proficient monitoring and assessment. It will also enhance your service framework to assist with:
The assessment of prospective foster carers and adopters.
We are assessing the capacities of caregivers (birth parents, residential workers, foster, carers and adopters) to provide a secure base for children in their care.
I am supporting caregivers to provide a secure base.
The model has been recommended in the Government White Paper, Care Matters (2007), as a basis for training foster carers and has subsequently been incorporated in the revised Skills to Foster preparation programme, produced by the Fostering Network.
Is this Secure Base Training for me?
This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.
Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community voluntary sectors.
Level: Secure Base Training can be at a beginner or intermediate level. This course can be adapted to an advanced level for skilled practitioners.