Professor Gillian Schofield

Professor Gillian Schofield


BA (Birmingham)
PG Cert (Birmingham)
Diploma in Applied Social Studies/CQSW (Goldsmiths College, London)
Masters in Social Work Research (UEA)

Dr Gillian Schofield is Professor of Child and Family Social Work and Head of the School of Social Work at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the United Kingdom. She was an experienced social worker before joining UEA in 1990. She teaches on the qualifying and post-qualifying social work programmes and supervises PhD students. Her research and writing interests are in long-term foster care; attachment; contact; looked after children and offending; care planning; and LGBT young people in care. With Mary Beek, she has developed the Secure Base model, an attachment and resilience based framework for caregiving in foster care and adoption.

Gillian has written extensively on practice, including (with Mary Beek) “The Secure Base Model: Promoting attachment and resilience in foster care and adoption” (2014) and “Promoting Attachment and Resilience: A Guide for Foster Carers and Adopters on using the Secure Base Model” (2014), both published by CoramBAAF.

In this video, Professor Schofield describes the Secure Base Model:

Berry Street was first established on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to their Elders, past and present, and to all the traditional custodians of land throughout Australia.