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Dr Mary Beek

Dr Mary Beek
Research Fellow (School of Social Work), University of East Anglia (UK)

Dr Mary Beek

PhD, UEA | Masters in Social Work Research, UEA | Bachelor of Arts (Applied Social Studies) | CQSW

Dr Mary Beek has had a long career in social work, mainly in the fields of foster care and adoption practice and management. Since 1998, she has combined her social work career with a series of research roles, based in the School of Social Work at the University of East Anglia, UK. Mary has been involved in longitudinal studies of children growing up in foster care and in open adoptions. She recently completed a study of professional systems and support in long term foster care.

Mary is particularly interested in foster and adoptive family relationships that build attachment and resilience for children, and the ways in which these relationships can be promoted through effective professional systems and support.

Mary has written extensively on practice, including The Secure Base Model: Promoting attachment and resilience in foster care and adoption and Promoting Attachment and Resilience: A Guide for Foster Carers and Adopters on using the Secure Base Model, both published by CoramBAAF.