This book provides an analysis of the meaning of safety and security across the contexts of community and public life, throughout the life span, and within a therapeutic framework, examining threats and the strategies for coping with them.

The book starts in Part I with a discussion of general safety and security concepts in the socio-cultural context. Part II of the book details the role of a sense of security in psychological assistance, psychotherapy and supervision, while Part III centres on safety and security at different life stages. Drawing on the tenets of modern attachment theory and trauma theory, chapter authors address questions of safety, danger, and protection for both individuals and groups, across a variety of fields of knowledge and expertise. Themes such as loneliness, play and exploration, evil and forgiveness, health and death, and spirituality and healing are discussed as practice examples, learning points, and tips.

A wide range of health and social care professional practitioners will find this book useful in exploring social, interpersonal, and psychological aspects of safety and security.

part I|65 pages

Safety and security in the world

chapter Chapter 1|15 pages

The need for safety and security

chapter Chapter 2|12 pages

Looking for a safe self in a dangerous world

The place of psychotherapists: citizens – observers – beacons

chapter Chapter 3|12 pages

When home becomes a threat

Polish experience of homo-, bi-, and transphobia

chapter Chapter 4|11 pages

Living with climate change and environmental crisis

Between climate anxiety and new collective narratives

part II|60 pages

Safety and security in the community context

chapter Chapter 6|13 pages

“I am still scattered”

Attachment security and belonging after forced migration

chapter Chapter 7|12 pages

‘We will keep you safe'

Reflections on caring relationships in children's residential homes

chapter Chapter 8|12 pages

Safety and danger in an intensive care context

Psychological and systemic approaches to staff support during the COVID-19 pandemic (and beyond)

chapter Chapter 10|11 pages


A meaningful philosophy of life and a “lifeline” in times of crises

part III|98 pages

Safety and security in a couple and family context

chapter Chapter 11|18 pages

Caregiver roles in children's threat and safety learning

Neuroscientific evidence and real-world implications

chapter Chapter 12|12 pages

“Beyond sensitivity”

Understanding caregiving compromises in adverse contexts using the Meaning of the Child Interview

chapter Chapter 13|17 pages

Safety in the home-school system with relation to autism

The SwiS * approach

chapter Chapter 14|13 pages

“and nothing but the Truth”

chapter Chapter 15|13 pages

Second Phase Parenting

Attachment and parenting adult children

chapter Chapter 16|12 pages

Polyamorous relationships

Inspirations in the search for new ways of understanding safety and security

chapter Chapter 17|11 pages

Dying, death, and bereavement

chapter |3 pages

The epilogue