On 10 May a group of foster carers attended training led by Gill Cutter titled “Secure Base”.
The day offered an introduction to attachment: the history of understanding attachment, including the work of John Bowlby; a definition; references to research; recognising different attachment styles and the implications for children’s behaviour and meeting their needs. Group exercises helped to bring the information to life and encouraged participants to reflect on their own experiences, both as foster carers and from their own childhoods.
The importance of healthy attachment relationships for normal development and helping children achieve their potential was emphasised, with information on how to promote secure attachments.
The day introduced the secure base model, from the work of Gillian Schofield and Mary Beek at University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.
Schofield and Beek say ” The Secure Base Model provides a positive framework for therapeutic caregiving, which helps infants, children and young people to move towards greater security and builds resilience. It focuses on the interactions that occur between caregivers and children on a day to day, minute by minute basis in the home environment. But it also considers how those relationships can enable the child to develop competence in the outside world of school, peer group and community”. The research undertaken by Schofield and Beek, and the model they have developed, is widely recognised as helpful to foster carers. We will be expanding the training we offer using this model.
Meanwhile, here are some links where you can read more about attachment.