SafeBase in the Teenage Years

SafeBase in the Teenage Years is a new follow up training 1-day course, for parents who have already completed the 4-day SafeBase Therapeutic Parenting Programme. It was developed in direct response to SafeBase parents whose children are now teenagers and have found they need additional support.

The teenage years can be difficult for many young people. For adopted children challenges in the teenage years can be compounded by complications, such as managing stress, change, and issues with their identity. More than half of parents surveyed by Adoption UK in April 2014 said that their adopted child has always had problems in school but they got significantly worse in the teenage years. Nearly two thirds (64%) of parents said that the teenage years are or were the most difficult time for their child at school. This highlights the need for extra support for adopted children during secondary school years.

This valuable programme helps parents recognise the changes and transition during adolescence and the challenges their teenagers are facing. It will also help them feel supported and will reduce stress and family breakdown.

Programme Outcomes

  • Parents understand the developmental stages of adolescence / young adulthood, including brain development
  • Parents feel supported and equipped to face challenges in teenage years
  • They feel reassured and confident about responding to their children during adolescence
  • Parents are affirmed in their and their child’s identity
  • The teenager feels supported and more secure in themselves

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