An educational program implemented by SOS Children's Villages and SIBUR

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online webinars
round tables
This educational program seeks to prevent social orphanhood in the cities where the company operates. SIBUR has been the project’s partner since 2019.

Program description

Social orphanhood is defined as the abandonment of children with living parents who are either unwilling or unable to care for them. The term was originally used to refer to a child’s temporary status, but many children end up not returning to their families for years. They are not accounted for in official statistics because nominally they have parents and as such, they cannot be adopted or taken into custody care; nor are they eligible for many benefits including the right to social housing.

The main cause of social orphanhood is a distressing situation in the children's families. How can one work with such families? How can these crisis circumstances be avoided? How can one help children and their families overcome these difficulties?

In 2019, the program was hosted by Nizhegorodskaya and Tyumen Oblasts. The three-day June session in Dzerzhinsk was focused on discussing new approaches with social welfare sector professionals including employees of state-run institutions and nonprofit organizations. In October, the session held in Tobolsk brought together not only professional experts, but also parents and students in school teaching programs. The program's experience was discussed at a roundtable in Saransk as part of the Bringing Childhood Back festival.

In 2020, the COVID pandemic caused the program to partially switch to an online platform. In October, Nizhny Novgorod will host a two-day workshop intended for employees of institutions working with families and children at risk, as well as for SIBUR’s volunteers. In November, a full-day online webinar will be held for specialists from Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug and, for the first time, for experts from Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug.

Online webinars for parents

With the support from SIBUR, SOS Children's Villages, а charitable organization, launched a series of online training webinars for parents, as part of the Family Ecology 2020 Project.


Topics for discussion:

  • Anger and rage as the ultimate manifestations of emotionally unstable behavior of the parent.
  • Teaching adults how to control their behavior in situations of elevated emotional excitement.
  • Techniques for managing anger and other negative emotions.

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The age of storm and rage

Topics for discussion:

  • What is the cause of a teenager’s unbalanced and conflicted behavior?
  • Why do teenagers disregard authority and how to build a new system of relations based on cooperation and partnership?
  • How to help a teenager choose his/her future profession and lay the foundation for a career development path?
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The Tender Age

Topics for discussion:

  • How are a child's biological age and psychological age linked to his or her behavior and development?
  • What is a leading activity?
  • The troubles of the tender age and how to deal with them? Neurotic responses and childhood fears.
  • How, by playing with your child, you can help him/her overcome stress and traumatic experiences.
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Online webinars for professional practioners

As part of the Family Ecology 2020 Project and with SIBUR’s support, SOS Children's Villages has been holding a series of online webinars for the experts in the field to help promote the development of a professional community in the area of prevention, to reduce social disadvantages of families at risk by providing quality services and building a support network of social contacts.

A series of webinars on psychological trauma

Webinar Series on Case Management


Introduction of latest social counselling approaches to handling cases of families in distress.

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Program Speakers