Multi-Agency Cooperation in the best interests of children victims of sexual violence
As part of the Child Protection Hub SSE project, a training which dealt with the best interests of the child victims of sexual violence was held in Budapest from 21 to 22 of December. The training brought together professionals from 9 countries – Croatia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Hungary, Moldova, Romania and Serbia. Croatia was represented by Center’s experts – Petra Šimčić, mag. psych. and Dominik Šmida, mag. psych, and juvenile judge Lana Peto Kujundžić, who was one of the coaches who led the training.
The training included professionals from various areas that deal with sexual violence. Some of them were judges, lawyers, attorneys, state prosecutors, representatives of the police and psychologists.
The aim of the training was sharing experiences related to children who are victims of sexual violence from the perspective of different sectors, but also from the perspective of a number of European countries. Legal frameworks of sexual violence, children’s rights, the best interests of the child, the existing cooperation between the sectors and the possibilities of future progress were discussed.
Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb was given as an example of good practice relating to the multi-sectoral cooperation, and also there was an informational video about the work of the Center presented.