SRF Program

  • Circle of Security Parenting (COS-P)

    VEYLDF Alignment

    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.

    Detailed Costs

    The cost to provide the COS-P program to parents and families will vary depending on the provider of the program.
    The training cost to become a COS-P facilitator is US$900-1,000 (approx. AU$1,300) - for further information about this, please visit:

    Implementation Considerations

    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

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