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Training for trainers of the support program “Providing Secure Base” by a British specialist Mary Beek


Care in Action had the honor to be the organizer of an outstanding event – a training program for trainers “Providing a Secure Base” held by its co-author and researcher from England, Mary Beek. During the training on March 27-28th, Mary introduced to participants the key principles and 5 fundamental dimensions of the Secure Base Model that is a key to a successful childcare in all circumstances – be it a biological family, foster family, institutionalized care or adoption. The Secure Base enhances in children the sense of security, develops self-confidence, competence and resilience. The model is focused on day-to-day interactions between foster caregivers and children. Meanwhile, the model also emphasizes how these interactions can help a child to develop their competence; achieve greater success at school, among their peers and in the community.

The training was undergone by specialists from various organizations and institutions of Lviv, Kyiv, Odessa, Transcarpathia and Dnipropetrovsk regions. We express our sincere gratitude to all the participants of the training as this two-day co-work was extremely fruitful and effective, and namely to Natalia Tybura from Lviv Regional Center of Social Services for Families, Children and Youth, Maria Sakvuk and Yulia Zemba from the Commission on Family Affairs of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church,  foster mother Oksana Kholiavka, psychologist and fairy-tale-therapy specialist Olena Petrushkevych, Arina Lytvynenko from “This Child Here”, Iryna Girya from “The Way Home”, Viktoria Mykolayenko from NGO “International Leadership and Development Center”, foster parents Joseph and Lisa Posypanky from “Transcarpathia without Orphans” Association, Daria Doschuk from “Hope and Homes for Children”, Yana Khalezova from Makariv Regional Center for Social Support for Children and Families “Ray of Hope” and of course, to the representatives of Care in Action.

The concept of the Secure Base Model, which has been developed on the basis of theoretical and practical studies under the direction of Professor Gillian Schofield and Dr. Mary Beek at the Centre for Research on Children and Families at the University of East Anglia, can be used for:

  • Supporting family-style form of children placement, assisting them in difficulties
  • Setting goals for children by caregivers/social workers in the context of each dimension of the Secure Base Model and monitoring progress.
  • Assessing candidates for foster carers, foster parents, guardians and caregivers.
  • Assessing the ability of caregivers (employees of care institutions, foster carers, patronate parents and adopters) to ensure the security of children and improve their resilience.

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