A secure base is at the heart of any successful caregiving environment and is an essential agency model of caregiving that is based on theories of attachment and resilience. This course offers the opportunity to make sense of the child’s needs, explore techniques for support and intervention and learn about the nature and characteristics of attachment disorders.
1. Understanding of the key principles of attachment and bonding critical for healthy development
2. Understanding of how healthy attachment is facilitated
3. Understanding of the various ways that neglect and abuse negatively influence attachment and explore the consequent challenging behaviours
4. To have strategies to help children with attachment difficulties
5. Be able to implement through the service the 5 dimensions of the Secure Base model.
6. Be aware of the recording procedures and mapping tool to evidence your work.
It is recommended that not Secure Base is adopted as a service-wide provision, so enabling proficient monitoring and assessment. It also enhances your service framework to assist with:
- The assessment of prospective foster carers and adopters.
- Assessing the capacities of caregivers (birth parents, residential workers, foster, carers and adopters) to provide a secure base for children in their care.
- 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.