Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Statement

Promoting Growth and Learning

mother and her son sitting on a pile of attachment books


t Circle of Security International, diversity, equity, inclusion, and racial justice are at the core of who we are. We are committed to these values within our company and in our work as we partner with communities around the world. We use the conceptual framework of the Circle of Security (COS) to think critically about the historical, political, and social biases and inequities that impact the lives of families and children. We recognize that safe relationships are essential to honest and meaningful dialogue that promote growth and learning. We work to promote the narratives and experiences of all, particularly members of communities who have been marginalized. We engage in reflection to increase awareness around our respective roles and responsibilities to transform systems for the inclusion of all people. It should be noted that we often refer to caregivers by “mother” and “father” and use the pronouns “she/her” and “he/him” when referring to these caregivers. We acknowledge that not all people who parent identify using these pronouns.

We're proud that the Circle has been translated over the years into dozens of languages.

We believe the Circle is present in all of our lives and we seek to ensure that our work is relevant and available. We provide our community partners with resources and support to explore and deepen their knowledge of attachment and the Circle. While Circle of Security was developed with parents in mind, communities around the world have found COS helpful to explore cultural and social constructs, to contextually interpret the expression of attachment needs, and to safely identify relationship strengths and struggles within families and across systems. We take care to invite safe exploration and support cultural perspectives and understandings of what is best for communities. In doing so, we honor ancestral wisdom while seeking to promote cultural strengths and ways of being in relationship that enhance security. When possible, we recognize and acknowledge ruptures in our relationships with our partners and actively seek to repair and rebuild trust and open communication.

For more on how the Circle has impacted communities, visit our COSP In the Community pages.