Building the foundations for a happy future.

Young people who are in care, or have been adopted, face the additional challenge of managing the loss and adversity they have experienced in their early years. Some parents and carers often have to manage an escalation of challenging behaviour, which includes verbal and physical aggression, oppositional behaviour and actual or threatened self-harm.

This valuable programme will help you recognise the changes and transitions during adolescence, and will look at how the impact of early trauma and loss can explain why this group of adolescents can travel a particularly rocky road during their transition to adulthood.

SafeBase in the Teenage Years is based on our Safebase Therapeutic Parenting Programme and specifically addresses the issues faced by parents and carers with teenagers who have experienced trauma in their early life.

This 2 day programme is underpinned by a strengths-based approach that promotes parental sensitivity and helps to build connections and secure attachments within families.

The course will help you gain an understanding of your teenager’s needs, learn strategies to support and help them, how to look after yourself and also get support from peers.

This programme you will help you with:

  • Improved family relationships
  • Improved wellbeing of family members
  • Increased confidence in using strategies and tools in managing behaviour
  • Increased sensitivity by providing insight, and context, to your teenager’s behaviours
  • Provide a support network of other parents and carers

…and your teenager will feel supported and more secure in themselves.

What next?

SafeBase in the Teenage Years can be funded by the Adoption Support Fund. We’d be happy to support you in making an application to the fund.

For programme dates view the calendar below

For more information about the Adoption Support Fund and how to apply, click here

You may also be interested in:

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.

What next?

Find out how to access SafeBase and view our latest programme calendar.

SafeBase for Schools

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

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.

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 2036 or email

ActionLine: 0800 0 568 578
Family Finding and Adoption Support