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The Secure Base Model

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A secure base is at the heart of any successful caregiving environment – whether within the birth family, in foster care, residential care or adoption. A secure base is provided through a relationship with one or more caregivers who offer a reliable base from which to explore and a safe haven for reassurance when there are difficulties. Thus a secure base promotes security, confidence, competence and resilience.

 

 

The Secure Base Model has been developed through a range of research and practice dissemination projects led by Gillian Schofield and Mary Beek in the Centre for Research on Children and Families at the University of East Anglia.

The Secure Base Model is drawn from attachment theory, and adapted to include an additional element, that of family membership, for children who are separated from their birth families. The model proposes five dimensions of caregiving, each of which is associated with a corresponding developmental benefit for the child. The dimensions overlap and combine with each other to create a secure base for the child, as represented below:

 

 

From: https://www.uea.ac.uk/providingasecurebase/home

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Staff understand that at the heart of healthy child development is the child’s secure attachment relationship with their parents.

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There needs to be better physical layout – more colour, comfort, and warmth, in a secure and spacious building. (See YoungMinds’ Where Next)

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The CAMHS unit includes an education centre, secure gardens enclosed by the building for security and privacy, along with horticultural and landscaped areas providing recreational facilities including outdoor exercise apparatus. See cheshire-today.co.uk.

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Mobile phone usage

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“Mobile phones can only be used between 6-8pm, at other times they are expected to be kept in a secure space, monitored by nursing staff.”

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Build trust and form a therapeutic relationship

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“A key focus, especially initially, is to build trust and form a therapeutic relationship. I find that chatting with young people about their interests and hobbies is a good way to establish this. Most young people probably think nursing staff will just talk about medical things but they soon realise that we are people too. It’s all about them feeling secure and comfortable so they can make the most of their stay with us.”

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Timing is crucial

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“Timing is crucial – offering support but not forcing the issue is important since many young people need time to feel secure before they can open up to people.”

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