Helping young people reach their potential.

SafeBase for Schools is based on After Adoption’s successful SafeBase therapeutic parenting programme for adopted families. It aims to help schools effectively support young adopted pupils to reach their potential.

Many adopted children who have faced early childhood adversity find it difficult to trust and build secure attachments. Therefore teachers and schools have a vital role to play in helping these children.

SafeBase for Schools will inform schools about adoption, its impact on the child, their school and the pupil’s ability to learn.

It also aims to educate staff about attachment difficulties, and early life neglect and abuse, and how this shapes brain development and the child’s response to stress and learning capacity.

School staff will come away understanding the challenges adopted children face and have practical strategies to help these children reach their full potential in the classroom, build friendships, and feel more stable with a strong sense of who they are.


SafeBase for Schools provides practical strategies for support, including:

  • Supporting pupils though transition and change
  • Keeping calm and teaching self-regulation
  • Managing conflict and shame
  • Building friendships
  • Building a bridge between home and school


Key benefits of the programme for children:

  • The child feels more supported
  • The child is happier and more stable, better able to learn and progress
  • The child has an improved sense of identity and confidence


Key benefits for schools:

  • Teaching staff are more confident in dealing positively with children who have faced early childhood adversity
  • Improved ability to respond appropriately to children’s needs and behaviours
  • Improvement in children’s learning and development
  • Improved classroom management and reduction in disruptive behaviours

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SafeBase Therapeutic Parenting Programme

SafeBase is After Adoption’s flagship therapeutic parenting programme for all adoptive families. It creates a strong foundation for loving and lasting relationships.

SafeBase in the Teenage Years

SafeBase in the Teenage Years is our 1-day therapeutic parenting course for parents of teenagers.

How to access SafeBase

Our aim is to make SafeBase available to all adoptive families in the UK. So, no matter where you live or what your financial circumstances are, please get in touch so that we can work with you to help you access a SafeBase programme.

TalkAdoption for adopted young people

TalkAdoption is our national support service for adopted children and young people. We provide regular activities that offer a safe and supportive space for young adopted people to meet, have fun and have an opportunity to explore issues that are important to them.

TalkAdoption Camps and Short Breaks

Our national programme of therapeutic residential camps for 11-18 year olds helps build the confidence and self-esteem of adopted young people, whilst offering you a valuable period of respite.

Adoption Support Services

Our Adoption Support Services ensure that everyone affected by adoption has the support they need to live happier lives.

Financial support

As an adoptive parent it's important that you understand what practical support is available for you and your child.

ReUnite for adopted young people

We can support you and your family if your child decides to access their birth records or search for birth relatives when they reach 18 years old.


After Adoption has produced a range of resources for everyone affected by adoption, as well as professionals.

Get in touch

To find out more call: 0161 830 2021 or email

ActionLine: 0800 0 568 578
Family Finding and Adoption Support