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Lecture in Mostar on inter-sector cooperation and multidisciplinary approach in the field of child protection

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Prof. Gordana Buljan Flander Psy.D., Director of the Child Protection Centre of Zagreb delivered a lecture in Mostar on 13 May 2016. The theme was “The importance of inter-sector cooperation and multidisciplinary approach in the field of child protection: experience of the Child Protection Centre of Zagreb”.

This lecture was organised by the Child, youth and family centre SPES in the spiritual-educational centre “Emaus”, for professionals and institutions whose cooperation is important for the protection of children in Mostar and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The most important characteristics of the Child Protection Centre of Zagreb work, as an example of good practice in Europe and in the world were presented in front of about 100 attendees.

Participants could learn more about the NGO “Brave Phone”, from the programme and counseling help lines coordinator, Ines Rezo.

The Child, youth and family centre SPES was established in Mostar in 2012, following the previously established Family counseling institution working within Caritas in Mostar. Various educational-prevention programmes and programmes of positive development available to children, youth and families have been organised and conducted in SPES.

Workshops for children are focused on the prevention of peer bullying, protection of children from cyberbullying, motivating creativity and providing help in learning for school.

Programmes for the youth are intended for students. Future teachers, educators, psychologists and social workers have an opportunity to apply their knowledge acquired at university in practice, supported by their mentors and supervisors.

Family programmes are educational. They are professional lectures or interactive workshops where themes from the field of child upbringing, marital and family problems are dealt with.

A professional team includes the chief executive officer of SPES, one master of education or philosophy, a specialist for early intervention, one psychologist who is also a Gestalt therapist and one social workers. If necessary and possible, external professionals are also engaged.

Since resources are limited, the role of volunteers is very important. They are mostly students from the Liberal Arts Faculty and the Sciences Faculty, engaged in education. This year there are 18 volunteers.