Dr Mary Beek

Dr Mary Beek


BA Applied Social Studies/CQSW (Bradford)
Masters in Social Work Research (UEA)

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. Most of Mary’s research has been connected with foster care or adoption and she has been involved in longitudinal studies of children growing up in foster care (with Professor Gillian Schofield), and in open adoptions (with Professor Elsbeth Neil). She has 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 (with Gillian Schofield) “The Secure Base Model: Promoting attachment and resilience in foster care and adoption” (2014) and “Promoting Attachment and Resilience: A Guide for Foster Carers and Adopters on using the Secure Base Model” (2014), both published by CoramBAAF.

Berry Street was first established on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to their Elders, past and present, and to all the traditional custodians of land throughout Australia.