Providing a Secure Base

Our Foster Carers and Practitioners use the Secure Base Model to lead and inform therapeutic caregiving at Kasper. Based on theories of attachment and resilience, the Secure Base Model is drawn from research and practice and developed by Gillian Schofield and Mary Beek at the University of East Anglia.

This Model can be applied to assessment, preparation and working with children, young people and caregivers in child protection, fostering, adoption and residential care. It focuses on five caregiving dimensions that promote security and resilience:

- Availability: Helping a child to trust

- Sensitivity: Helping a child to manage feelings

- Acceptance: Building a child's self esteem

- Cooperation: Helping a child to feel effective

- Family membership: Helping a child to belong

At Kasper Fostering, we train all of our Foster Carers, Staff and Sessional Workers in Secure Base theory, and embed the Model practically across the organisation including within matching, supervision, support, monitoring and progress tracking activities.