Early childhood development occurs in a 100% of the cases between the ages of 0 and 7, regardless of whether the parents and the pedagogues deal purposefully with it. It is important and scientifically and experimentally proven that these years are key to psyche, emotion, and intelligence for every person’s life. Therefore, the conscious occupation with the child in this age unfolds in the best way the potentials set by nature in every person. Early childhood development includes health and…
How Do Service Providers Stay Positive when Answering the Demands of Deinstitutionalization? How Do They Convey this Positivity to Clients and the Larger Community?
This brief publication talks about Equilibrium’s contribution to the deinstitutionalization of children and young adults. This work has taken place primarily in the Ruse region but our organization has professional influence throughout the country. Having provided the implementation team that closed the first “baby home” in…
EQ has made its views known at policy level. However, in the context of delivering day-to-day care to children and young adults with special needs, dwelling on difficulties is highly counter-productive. No organization can pursue quality from a standpoint of adverse criticism and negativity.
We are actually very fortunate in three respects:
The main goal of project ‘Transnational support network for children and families and deinstitutionalization of child care’ is to establish efficient transnational cooperation, exchange of good practices and to establish innovative models of public institutions in Bulgaria and Italy in the field of child care policies.
The exchange of good practices which have proven their efficiency will optimise the process of deinstitutionalisation and the system of support of children and families in Bulgaria. Hence, Bulgarian and Italian officials will get…
In recent months, in the context of public presentations, Equilibrium’s chairman, David Bisset, has been explaining the circumstances that provoked him to write a book about impact-based assessment of services for children and families.
This is, therefore, an abbreviated version of a far larger manuscript that contains detailed exploration of the subjects that are framed briefly in the following pages.
“Games and adventures” – this is how we refer to an extensive repertoire that has developed over the years – myriad ways of working with children in group contexts.
The neuroscientist, Howard Gardner, tells us that the human brain is the result of over 2 million years of evolutionary development and its size and sophistication is commensurate with the way we interact with the world which is more diverse and multifaceted than other animals that we consider “less intelligent”. The…
In 2014 we celebrate 10 years since the organisation was founded: 10 years of inspiration, perseverance, and achievement.
Equilibrium (EQ) is headquartered in Bulgaria. EQ specializes in working with unfortunate children that most adults find difficult to handle. Many are educationally and socially disadvantaged because of early life experience that may have included abuse, separation from parents, institutionalization, bereavement, prolonged deprivation or an especially traumatic event.
On the 28th December 2010, the Bulgarian Council of Ministers announced the official closure of Teteven Institution for children 0 to 3 years old (officially named ‘Home for Medical and Social Care for Children’ – HMSCC).
The decision was in line with the National Strategy ‘Vision for Deinstitutionalising the Children in the Republic of Bulgaria’ as well as with the concept for deinstitutionalising the children from the baby institutions approved by the Ministry of Health.
“Child Participation is a fundamental principle of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
The “participation rights” enshrined in the CRC are summarized by UNICEF as follows – “Children are entitled to the freedom to express opinions and to have a say in matters affecting their social, economic, religious, cultural and political life. Participation rights include the right to express opinions and be heard, the right to information and freedom of association.”
The international network known as COPORE (Competencies for Poverty Reduction) was coordinating a large project involving 14 partners.
In February 2010 a competition for European organizations actually working in the field of poverty reduction was held under the banner of COPORE. David Bisset prepared an article to present Equilibrium’s ‘modus operandi’, difficulties and achievements in the delivery of integrated social services based on our experience in managing the Ruse Complex for Social services.