Item uses these practice principles: Reflective practice, High expectations for every child, Respectful relationships and responsive engagement, Integrated teaching and learning approaches.
Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
Circle of Security Parenting (COS-P) provides parents with education and psychotherapy based on attachment theory. COS-P operates on the assumption that attachment theory can be understood and be useful to parents in interactions with their children if taught in a user-friendly manner. As a result, the program focuses on teaching selected core concepts of attachment theory.
The program aims to enhance parents’ capacity of caregiving and child attachment. It can be delivered in a group context, in individual counselling, or in the home.
The cost to provide the COS-P program to parents and families will vary depending on the provider of the program.
Target population: the program is designed for parents/carers who:
- want to understand and to respond to their children's needs more effectively
- want to enjoy parenting more
- want parenting to be less stressful
- have children aged from birth to six years
- are concerned about their relationship with their child and/or their child's behaviour
- lack confidence in parenting
- have experienced family violence/trauma/disconnection with their own parents as a child
- have experienced perinatal depression and anxiety.
Program / practice descriptions and details: parenting courses consist of 1.5 hour sessions over eight weeks.
Program adaptability: program materials have been translated into multiple other languages.
COS-P can be flexibly delivered in individual consultations, in groups, or in the home.
Strength of Evidence
Requires further research