Safe childhood

Feb 18, 2020 at 18:30 • Family and Children

A masterclass course called “A comprehensive approach to ensuring a child’s well-being: practices for providing assistance to children who have suffered a trauma or been living in an abusive environment” will be taught in Moscow 27-28 February 2020. It will be attended by 80+ professionals from across Russia who are working with children in biological and foster families, as well as in children’s homes. The event organized as part of the Family and Children programme of the Timchenko Foundation is designed to exchange expertise and best practices that have proved effective in childhood protection.

The masterclass course syllabus includes online platforms with interactive and virtual surveys, as well as masterclasses in three categories: childcare in biological families in crisis, foster families and children’s homes.

Professionals working with children in biological and foster families in crisis will be able to join separate or integrated groups based on the profile of their protégés. They will be able to learn more about trauma and its telltale signs, and the effect of a family crisis on children’s psyche, and to talk about how and when a child should wait out hard times in a professional family.

The staff of orphanages will review a roadmap for handling a case study as well as practices for managing the family of a child placed there on temporary basis. A separate masterclass addresses the issue of emotional recovery of professionals working with traumatized children, and providing training for the corporate staff.

The masterclass course will end with counselling: in three subject-focused groups. The attendees will be able to discuss and analyze problem cases from their own background and receive advice and recommendations. Experience shows that such networking helps one to improve and gain new knowledge and provides an opportunity to check whether the organization is moving in the right direction.

“We want to use the programme of the Moscow masterclass course to continue the conversation about children’s well-being: it has a variety of aspects, and each one of them is very important,” says Elvira Garifulina, head of the Family and Children programme at the Timchenko Foundation. — But we expect that, apart from presentation and promotion of tried-and-true procedures and programmes, we will be able to find common ground between family support networks and agencies. At this juncture, prevention of social orphanhood is hampered by inadequate liaison between different services that are in charge of arrangements for children. There is also a lack of mainstream practice of timely help for in-crisis families. I believe that the masterclass course will help professionals identify new opportunities for removing the barriers to the prize: giving every child a family to live and be raised in”.