Gillian Schofield is an internationally renowned Professor of Social Work with expertise in fostering. Family Care were delighted that Gillian accepted our invite to deliver a presentation on the Secure Base Model, its benefits, and its application to the fostering/caregiver role.
The Secure Base Model is drawn from attachment theory but adapted to include an additional element – ‘family membership’. Each dimension of caregiving is associated with a corresponding developmental benefit for the young person. The dimensions overlap and combine with each other to create a secure base for the child.
The Secure Base Model also provides a framework to help assess the capacities of prospective and existing caregivers and identify support areas to be addressed. The model was recommended as a basis for training foster carers in the Government White Paper, Care Matters (2007). It’s also been incorporated by the Fostering Network into their Skills to Foster preparation programme (2014).
The essence of Secure Base is supporting care-givers to facilitate security and promote resilience in children and young people. This is an approach which is having an international impact and improving the lives of children in Europe, China and Thailand. Family Care has received very encouraging feedback from foster carers, Local Authority partners and other professionals who recognise the benefits of this approach and the positive impact it will have on the lives of carers and the vulnerable young people they look after.
"Thanks for organising this Training Event. I hope everyone has got as much out of it as I have.
A good refresher with added extras!" - Practice Manager
Consistency of care is crucial with any therapeutic model and so Family Care Group will be implementing this practice across all of its services. For the caregivers joining us on this journey, we hope you are as excited about this development as we are! Ultimately, we all want the same thing – better outcomes for the young people we care for. Family Care is very confident this model will help deliver those outcomes, and with endorsements from our own government as well as internationally, you can see why!
Family care would like to extend sincere thanks and appreciation to Gillian for delivering this presentation to the agency and offering her expert insight on the subject. And of course, none of this would have been possible without the efforts of Family Care colleagues. A special mention must go to Family Care Therapists Mary Silson and Kerry Robertson who were instrumental in organising the event and securing Gillian’s participation. Special thanks must also go to Alison Drake who made all the necessary arrangements with the venue and catering services.
We look forward to hosting similar events in the future so keep an eye on the News and Events section of our website for the latest updates! Here’s what Gillian had to say about it;
“Thanks so much for all your energy and commitment in developing Secure Base work in Family Care and for setting up this excellent event…I will look forward to hearing how the Secure Base work at Family Care develops” – Gillian Schofield
To find out more about the Secure Base model and how it will help support you as a foster carer, or to enquire about Family Care Fostering and what we offer, please get in touch! You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Matt Holmes - Referrals and Recruitment Coordinator at Family Care Group
0800 5 677 677