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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 adoptive parents, foster carers and Special Guardians to 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 parents and carers gain an understanding of their teenager’s needs, learn strategies to support to support and help their teenager, how to look after themselves 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 their teenager will feel supported and more secure in themselves.

What next?

Places on SafeBase in the Teenage Years can be spot purchased and funded by the Adoption Support Fund. We’d be happy to talk to you about this in more detail.

Read more about our upcoming programmes here: SafeBase in Teenage Years Training flyer

You may also be interested in:

SafeBase Therapeutic Parenting Programme

SafeBase is After Adoption's flagship therapeutic parenting programme. It creates a strong foundation for loving and lasting relationships, giving children the confidence to feel safe and secure with their parents/carers.

SafeBase for Schools

SafeBase for Schools enables school staff to effectively support adopted pupils, and those in care, to reach their potential. It provides practical strategies for support.

Therapeutic Intensive Adoption Support Services

Our range of therapeutic intensive adoption support services is very complex and individual packages of therapeutic support can be designed to meet each family’s assessed needs.

Family Events and Activities

After Adoption offers many family events and activities, so adoptive parents can meet informally with adoption support workers to discuss worries, as well as meet with other parents.


TalkAdoption is a national programme which offers adopted children and young people a safe space to meet. It aims to improve young people’s self-confidence and reduce their sense of isolation through creative and inspiring group activities and discussion.

TalkAdoption Camps and
Short Breaks

Our therapeutic residential camps help build the confidence and self-esteem of adopted young people, giving the whole family a well-deserved break. They provide adventure and create a memorable and meaningful experience.


ReUnite helps adopted young people and adults to safely access their adoption records, when they feel ready, providing advice, support and counselling. It also helps adults searching for relatives, providing support to both parties during the process of search, intermediary and reunion.


BirthTies provides a bespoke service to birth parents whose children have been adopted, or where adoption is being considered for their child.

Breaking the Cycle

Breaking the Cycle, a Midlands-based project, supports birth mothers suffering grief and loss, teaching them the importance of self-care and helping to build their self-esteem.

Families that Last - Child led family finding

Families that Last specialises in finding families for children who wait the longest, working closely with local authorities, the child is at the centre of everything we do. Our innovative methods ensure that diverse children get the diverse families to match their needs.

Training and events

After Adoption provides a range of training opportunities for those working within the sector, to support professional development and inform best practice.


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

Useful links

ActionLine: 0800 0 568 578
Family Finding and Adoption Support