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Dear Parents, Hug Your Children and Tell Them You Love Them

Director's note Dear parents, hug your children as often as you can. Tell them you love them, trust them and believe in them. Do not think you will spoil them (spoiling is when you do their chores instead of them). On the contrary, abundant hugs and expressions of love help them grow into self-confident, happy, self-aware and responsible persons who will be able to make wise and mature decisions.

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Vesna Jurčić

Head nurse

Nurses Education • 1992 Nursing school “Mirko Lenac” in Rijeka • 1993 State exam • 2005 Bachelor of nursing, Medical Faculty of the University of Rijeka. • 2014 Graduate nurse. Graduation paper: Promoting and protecting mental health”, at the Medical Faculty of the University of Rijeka. Training • 2006 – 2008 Head of the education programme [...]

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Vanja Slijepčević Saftić

Assisstant Professor, Sc.D., MD, chief physician, paediatrician, subspecialist in child neurology

Paediatrician E-mail: vanja.slijepcevic@poliklinika-djeca.hr Education 2016 Appointed Assistant Professor for the scientific field of Biomedicine and Health, the area of Clinical Medical Sciences, the Branch of Paediatrics 2016 Acquired the status of a Chief physician 2010 Defended doctoral thesis: “The Influence of Heterozygous Genome on the Secular Height, Intelligence and Menarche”. Medical Faculty of the University of [...]

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Ana Kustić

Nurse

Nurses Education Completed Nursing School, Zagreb “Vrapče” in Zagreb in 2002. Experience and employment Internship in the Clinic for Children Zagreb, working until February 2004. Employed in the Child and Youth Protection Centre of the City of Zagreb since March 2004.

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Domagoj Štimac

Psychiatrist, MD

Psychiatrists E-mail: domagoj.stimac@poliklinika-djeca.hr EDUCATION 2007- 2009 Postgraduate study, Medical Faculty, University of Zagreb, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, title: Psychiatrist Subspecijalist in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 1996 -1997 Postgraduate study, Medical Faculty, University of Zagreb, Forensic Psychiatry 1993 -1996 Specialisation in Psychiatry 1981 -1988 Medical Faculty, University of Zagreb, Croatia. Academic degree: Medical Doctor TRAINING 2007-  Group [...]

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Bruna Profaca

Psychologist, Ph.D.

Psychologists E-mail: bruna.profaca@poliklinika-djeca.hr EDUCATION 2008 Doctorate thesis in the scientific area of humanistic sciences, scientific field psychology (clinical and health psychology) Department of psychology, The Faculty of Philosophy, The University of Zagreb, 2008 Title: Childhood exposure to traumatic experience and psychosocial functioning of the youth Degree: Doctor in the scientific area of humanistic sciences – the [...]

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Renata Ćorić Špoljar

Psychologist, MA

Psychologists E-mail: renata.coric@poliklinika-djeca.hr EDUCATION 2009 In education at postgraduate study, Faculty od Law, Department of social work 2001 Psychology Department of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities in Zagreb, Academic degree: Psychologist, M. A. Graduation paper: Delinquents’ emotional intelligence TRAINING 2010  Psychotherapy mesteaks, Trainers: Gregor and Maša Žvelc, Institute for integrative psychoteraphy in Ljubljana 2009 [...]

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The Role of Grandparents in Bringing up Their Grandchildren – Parents’ Helpers

Child development Topics Almost on a daily basis, in our clinical practice we meet parents who are helped in bringing up their children by their own parents. We also meet children who share their experience, play and activities with their grandparents. We should bear in mind that most children experience their first relationships and connections in their families with their primary carers or persons who take care of them. Such experience is very important because the child transfers it to his/her future experience in adolescence and adulthood. Thus parents transfer their own parents' experience into their relationship with their children.

Published: 11.01.2017. | Read more >

ANNOUNCEMENT: Center in Osijek is not a part of Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb

News Regarding numerous patients’ and experts’ inquiries about opening an institution named similar as ours in Osijek, we inform parents and professional community that Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb is not associated with opening Child and Youth Protection Center in Osijek in any way – organizational, by program, neither by supervision.

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Ivana Ćosić Pregrad

Psychologist, M.A.

Psychologists E-mail: ivana.cosic@poliklinika-djeca.hr EDUCATION 1996-2002 Psychology Department of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Zagreb, Graduation paper: The relationship between child abuse and some aspects of psychological functioning of adolescent, Academic degree: Psychologist, M.A. TRAINING 2009-2010 “Moaiku-somatic trauma workshop” 2009 Treatment of abused children, Trainer: Barbara L.Bonner, Zagreb 2008 – Using [...]

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Petra Šimčić, mag. psych. and Dominik Šmida, mag. psych. Multi-Agency Cooperation in the best interests of children victims of sexual violence

News 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.

Published: 29.12.2016. | Read more >

DSC_3182 Interactive training for community nurses in the health care system focused on vulnerable groups of patients

News "Interactive training for community nurses in the health care system focused on vulnerable groups of patients", organised by the Croatian Nursing Association, was held in the Child and Youth Protection Centre of Zagreb, on 19 December 2016. Many community nurses from Zagreb and other parts of Croatia participated in this training.

Published: 24.12.2016. | Read more >

Screenshot 2016-12-18 09.49.45 Child Protection Hub SEE published informative video about how our Centre works

News Network Terre des Hommes financed the informative video about the work of the Child and Youth Centre of the City of Zagreb. The video is 3:33 minutes long and it was created after the study visit to the Centre in November 2016. The visit was organised within the project Child Protection Hub SEE being conducted in eight countries: Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Albania, Romania, Bulgaria and the Republic of Moldova. Partner organisation for Croatia is the Brave Phone.

Published: 18.12.2016. | Read more >

Lansiranje aplikacije - izvor UNICEF Montenegro UNICEF Montenegro presented application about safety on the Internet intended for children

News UNICEF Montenegro presented application for children aiming at the prevention of online violence, on 16 November 2016. The title of the application is "NET friends". Tea Brezinšćak, psychologist of the Centre participated in the development of the application.

Published: 17.12.2016. | Read more >

tea brezinšćak Professionals of the Centre participated in celebrating the International month of figth against addiction

News Within the International month of fight against addiction, the professionals of the Centre participated in the Symposium "New and old addictions from the perspective of health institutions" and by delivering the lecture "Social networks and internet addiction".

Published: 17.12.2016. | Read more >

Komunikološka škola _ autor Mirko Cvjetko Participants of Matrix Croatica School of Communicology visited Centre

News The students of the Matrix Croatica School of Communicology, held in Zagreb from 7 to 11 December 2016, visited the Child and Youth Protection Centre of the City of Zagreb, continuing the successful collaboration from previous years. This is the eighth time this School gathered young and prospective students of journalism and communicology in order to provide additional extracurricular education in the field of the media.

Published: 17.12.2016. | Read more >

Queen Silvia with PROMISE project board and experts PROMISE PROJECT:Regional Conference and Study Visit held in Linköping, Sweden

News On 28-29 November 2016, professionals from around Europe came in Linköping to gather inspiration to launch an innovative way to support child victims of violence in their own countries. The conference and study visit took place over one and a half days, gathering practitioners, national authorities, NGOs and regional bodies from across Europe. The objectives of the conference included to facilitate regional exchange of good practice and to build a strong European movement for multi-disciplinary and inter-agency services, which embody international and regional legal obligations. Director of Child Protection Center, Gordana Buljan Flander, PhD, and Center`s psychologist Ana Marija Španić joined the conference and the study visit. The first day was dedicated to the conference, including presentations from key experts in the area. The second day was dedicated to a study visit at Barnahus Linköping.

Published: 08.12.2016. | Read more >

IMG-20161116-WA0000 Study visit to our Centre within the project Child Protection Hub for South East Europe

News The Brave Phone, in cooperation with the agency Terre des Hommes hosted the international study visit by the participants from Romania, Moldavia, Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina on 15 and 16 November 2016. The aim of the visit was sharing knowledge about good practice in the field of child protection. The focus of the study visit was The Child and Youth Protection Centre of the City of Zagreb, as an example of a health institution offering free multidisciplinary help to children and their families in Croatia.

Published: 28.11.2016. | Read more >

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News Educational program for minors’ defenders took place on Tuesday, November 22nd in the Croatian Bar Association. The accent was put on interdisciplinary knowledge acquisition; therefore various topics have been discussed by eminent experts, diversiform professions and work positions. Director of Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb, Assoc. Prof. Gordana Buljan Flander, Ph.D. has given a lecture “Adolescence and risk behavior” and interactive representation regarding forensic interviewing children.

Published: 25.11.2016. | Read more >

Kliničke psihologinje dr.sc. Bruna Profaca, Sena Puhovski i Ivana Ćosić Pregrad Professionals of the Centre at the 24th Annual Conference of Croatian Psychologists in Opatija

News The 24th Annual Conference of Croatian Psychologists, with the central theme – Psychology in the prevention of impairments and in health protection. According to the words of Josip Lopižić, the President of Croatian Society of Psychology, the theme of the prevention of impairments and health protection is important in clinical and health psychology, but also in other areas of psychological research and practice.

Published: 21.11.2016. | Read more >

vesna simpozij psihijatrija At the Symposium on Psychiatric Nursing

News Symposium of the Psychiatric Society of Croatia Psychiatric Nursing Association on the theme: "Long term care" and Psychiatric Nrusing in DTS and DTP was held in the Westin Hotel in Zagreb, on 18 November 2016.

Published: 19.11.2016. | Read more >

It is our responsibility to admit that child sexual abuse happens in our society

Director's note In the Child and Youth Protection Centre of the City of Zagreb, we work with sexually abused children and their families every day. I am proud to say that here they can find a safe place where they get help and support. On the European Day on the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse, 18 November, we remind parents to read our publications about how to recognise and respond if the child has been sexually abused:

Published: 18.11.2016. | Read more >

vesna simpozij sigurnost Croatian Patient Safety Society’s Fourth Congress

News The Croatian Patient Safety Society's Fourth Congress was held in the International Hotel in Zagreb on 17 November 2016. The Child and Youth Protection Centre was represented by our Head Nurse, Vesna Jurčić, Mr of nursing. The theme of the Congress was radiology safety. It was held with the participation of the Croatian State Office for Radiological and Nuclear Safety.

Published: 18.11.2016. | Read more >

nis 3 The 22nd Meeting of Social Workers in Niš

News The 22nd Meeting of Social Workers was held in Niš, from 19 to 21 October 2016. The focus of this meeting was the challenges of growing up in the world of modern technologies. This international meeting was organised by the Social Welfare Centre St. Sava and it gathered many professionals from the region.

Published: 08.11.2016. | Read more >

Kongres o mentalnom zdravlju djece i mladih (327) First Croatian Congress on Children and Youth Mental Health

News Prof.dr.sc. Gordana Buljan Flander delivered a talk under the title: "The role of the system in parental manipulation of children in divorce – are we participating in child abuse?", and Domagoj Štimac, MD, chief physician, delivered a talk under the title "Evaluating child and adolescent victims of crime – can we meet their needs and fulfill the court requirements at the same time?". Coauthors of that paper were Renata Ćorić Špoljar, clinical psychologist, and Ella Selak Bagarić, psychologist.

Published: 08.11.2016. | Read more >

logo_kpcg_0 At the Montenegro First Congress of Preventive Paediatrics

News The Montenegro First Congress of Preventive Paediatrics with international participation, focused on the theme "Preventive Paediatrics as the Foundation of the Health System" was held in the Splendid Hotel in Budva from 21 to 23 October 2016. The Congress was held under the auspices of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Science of the Montenegro Government and organised by the Association for Preventive Paediatrics of Montenegro and the Organisational Committee headed by Assistant professor, Sc.D. Nebojša Kavarić, director of the Podgorica Health Centre.

Published: 04.11.2016. | Read more >

stimac predavanje Prevention Programme in the Institution for Education of Children and Juveniles Bedekovčina

News Deputy Director of the Child and Youth Protection Centre of the City of Zagreb Domagoj Štimac, MD, psychiatrist and chief physician, participated in the prevention education programme on the theme of the prevention of human trafficking. The programme was held in the Institution for Education of Children and Juveniles Bedekovčina on 19 October 2016.

Published: 24.10.2016. | Read more >

predavanje_lanterna_061016_006 Youth Violence Partnerships: Is It Possible That It Is Love?

News Prof. dr sc. Gordana Buljan Flander delivered two lectures on the topic Youth Violence Partnerships: Is It PossibleThat It Is Love? The lectures were intended for teachers and high school students and were organised by the Counselling Centre Lanterna in Makarska on 6 October 2016.

Published: 13.10.2016. | Read more >

Trauma of Abuse: Important to Have in Mind

Abused child There is a number of definitions of child abuse and neglect (medical, psychological, social-protective, legal). Defining the meaning of child abuse and neglect, it is important to take into account two assessments: parental/carer behaviours on one, and impact on the child on the other hand. Child abuse includes everything individuals, institutions or processes do or fail to do, which directly or indirectly harms the child or imposes risks for his/her healthy and safe development into adulthood.

Published: 11.10.2016. | Read more >

Father’s Role

Child development During the past two decades the role of the father in the child's life has been discussed again, as if the father had been put "aside". Although older scientific literature mentions mother as the first object for the child, it is often not emphasised that the father is not exempt from the child's life and that the child builds his/her relationship with the father from birth, separate from the relationship with the mother.

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GROWING UP ON THE INTERNET: Restoring childhood safety

Challenge of parenting Nowadays generations of children and youth are growing up immersed in the virtual world. Their constant connection to the Internet has been confirmed by a recent study conducted by the Brave Phone and the Child Protection Centre of Zagreb. It shows that 99% of the youth have an access to the Internet, and that as many of them as 84% access the Internet via their mobile phones. High percentage (93) of children have a profile on Facebook, and 68% of them opened a profile before they were 13.

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NEUROSCIENCE AND EDUCATION: How can academic accomplishments be improved

Topics Learning, memory and retention are highly sophisticated brain functions. Researchers into educational processes, as well as neuroscientists, have been working separately for a long time, setting hypotheses about learning, which were later used in practice. Modern times set postulates of interdisciplinarity with new emerging opportunities for an interweaving of neuroscience with other professions, aiming at discovering the best ways of teaching children. The benefits of such processes are global. That is how the new discipline, neuroeducation, came to existence.

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Your adolescent is exposed to partner abuse: How to talk about it

Challenge of parenting Adolescence is a period when young people are finally separating from their primary family, they are not children any more and not adults yet. Young people feel a strong urge for independence and making decisions about themselves and their lives. Consistent with developmental processes, they strongly resist advice from adults.

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Psychologists Bruna Profaca, Ana Marija Spanic and Tea Brezinscak Center`s professionals on 22nd Congress of European Association for Psychotherapy

News Taking place in Zagreb for the first time, 22nd Congress of European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP) was organized from September 30th to October 1st 2016. The main topic of the Congress was „Autonomy and a Sense of Belonging“. Child Protection Center of Zagreb's experts actively participated at the Congress.

Published: 10.10.2016. | Read more >

gradiška edukacija GRADIŠKA: Education – Working with Abused Children

News A two-day education for the project partners of the Nest day-care centre was organised by the Association "Most" with the support of the IN Foundation and the Cultural Centre Gradiška, in Gradiška on 19 and 20 September 2016. Director of the Child Protection Centre of Zagreb, Prof. Sc.D Gordana Buljan Flander ran a two day education for 15 participants – representatives of primary school teachers, psychologist and educators, the representatives of Social Welfare Centre from Gradiška and Laktaši, the representatives of the Mental Health Protection Centre and the representatives of the General Hospital Gradiška.

Published: 08.10.2016. | Read more >

INCREASE OF NUMBER OF SUICIDES IN CHILDREN AND YOUTH: How to recognise the problem and help

Director's note Suicide is a very difficult issue for most people, including professionals, especially when children and youth are involved. Most people find it almost impossible to accept and understand that a young person would take his/her own life. However, suicide is the second most prevalent cause of death in persons aged 10 to 24. Almost one fifth of deaths at that age is due to suicide.

Published: 06.10.2016. | Read more >

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News Director of the Child and Youth Protection Centre, Prof. Sc.D. Gordana Buljan Flander, director deputy, Domagoj Štimac, MD, chief physician, and Ass. Prof. Sc.D. Vanja Saftić, MD, neuropaediatrician and chief physician participated in the international Conference "Attachment and Trauma" in Rome, from 23 to 25 September 2016.

Published: 06.10.2016. | Read more >

DSC02324 (2) Social welfare professionals from Slovenia visit Child Protection Centre of Zagreb

News On 15 September 2016, the Child Protection Centre of Zagreb hosted our colleagues working in the field of domestic violence from the Social Welfare Centre of Škofja Loka, Slovenia.

Published: 05.10.2016. | Read more >

Mia Roje Role of the Centre in the Prevention of Mental Disorders in Children and Youth in Croatia

News International conference on the prevention of chronic non-infectious diseases was held in Zagreb, at the Dubrovnik Hotel, from 29 September to 1 October 2016

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Mia Roje Role of the Centre in the Prevention of Transgenerational Transfer of Abuse

News The 5th Congress Prevention and Rehabilitation in Psychiatry with international participation and theme "The First Line of Health" was held in Osijek from 15 to 18 September 2016. Professional dialogue has been initiated about the methods of stopping or, at least, slowing down trends of the rise of mortality and morbidity of the veteran population and the methods of providing support for them and for their families, says the president of the Congress, Prof. Sc.D Veljko Đorđević, MD.

Published: 21.09.2016. | Read more >

GROWING UP ON THE INTERNET: Restoring childhood safety

Challenge of parenting Topics Nowadays generations of children and youth are growing up immersed in the virtual world. Their constant connection to the Internet has been confirmed by a recent study conducted by the Brave Phone and the Child Protection Centre of Zagreb. It shows that 99% of the youth have an access to the Internet, and that as many of them as 84% access the Internet via their mobile phones. High percentage (93) of children have a profile on Facebook, and 68% of them opened a profile before they were 13.

Published: 30.08.2016. | Read more >

Barnahus Second PROMISE Project Service Exchange Meeting Held in Reykavik

News After successful meeting in Zagreb in February, the second of several service exchange meetings organized within the framework of the project named Promoting child-friendly multi-disciplinary and interagency services (PROMISE) was held from June 14th to June 17th in Reykjavik, Iceland. Director of Child Protection Center, Gordana Buljan Flander, PhD, and Center`s psychologist Ana Marija Španić actively joined the meeting, focus of which was on implementation and training within the context of child-friendly multi-disciplinary and interagency services (MD/IA) supporting child victims and witnesses of violence.

Published: 24.07.2016. | Read more >

Milan Bandić 4th Psychodermatology Congress in Zagreb

News The 4the Croatian Psychodermatology Congress with international participation was organised by the Croatian Dermatovenerology Society of the Croatian Medical Chamber, the Clinic for Skin and Venereal Diseases of the Clinical Hospital "Sestre Milosrdnice" and the City of Zagreb. The Congress was held under the auspices of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in the Westin hotel in Zagreb, from 10 to 12 June 2016.

Published: 15.07.2016. | Read more >

Dr. sc. Bruna Profaca On Stress and Anxiety in a Changing Society

News The Stress and Anxiety Research Society (STAR) is a multidisciplinary international organisation of researches dealing with the issues of stress, coping and anxiety. This year, the annual STAR Conference was held in Zagreb, from 6 to 8 July and was organised by the STAR, The Faculty of Philosophy of Zagreb and the Centre for Clinical Psychology from Zagreb.

Published: 12.07.2016. | Read more >

International Day of Families: Four pillars of parenting

Director's note Family is the heart of the society both today and before. Each family is unique, but at their fundamental core, all of them are bound by love and sharing. Modern times bring many changes and challenges to family life. Today, there are different types of families – parents living together, divorced parents, parents who have never been married, one of the parents having a new partner, families with same sex partners, widowed families, foster families, adoptive families, and so on.

Published: 21.06.2016. | Read more >

foto nis Protection of children in criminal proceedings – training in Niš

News The project „Promoting the rights of the child by strengthening the justice and social care systems in Serbia" was supported by the UNICEF in partnership with the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Work, Employment, Veteran and Social Issues, within the IPA 2013 programme financed by the European Union. The project is focused on the protection of minors – victims in criminal court proceedings – and on the implementation of measures protecting them from secondary victimisation.

Published: 21.06.2016. | Read more >

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

News 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".

Published: 21.06.2016. | Read more >

Standards of Practice in Protecting Children (Child Protection Policy)

Standards of Practice Purpose of this document is to present the standards of legal, professional and ethical practice in the Child Protection Centre of the City of Zagreb, aiming at protecting children's best interests in cases of abuse, maltreatment, neglect, or risk.

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Joint custody – questions and dilemmas

Parental divorce Questions about joint child care after parental separation and divorce have been engaging the interest of professionals of various profiles: social workers, family physicians, psychologists, psychiatrist, jurists and attorneys and institutions and bodies involved in custody decisions. All involved in the process of making custody decisions understand the level of responsibility when safety and stability of child development and future are at stake.

Published: 10.05.2016. | Read more >

The Impact of Toxic Stress on Child’s Brain

Stresfull events Toxic stress in childhood is a theme of significant and increasing interest. There are numerous reasons for that, accumulated through the years of research, which provide conclusive evidence that stress/trauma causes many short and long term effects in children, thus imposing a risk for a series of diseases in their adult life. For example, it significantly increases the incidence of myocardial infarction and lung cancer, as well as immunological and malignant diseases in adulthood, in comparison with the population not exposed to stress in childhood. We are not writing here about the stress related to everyday activities and challenges of growing up, but about the stress related to family violence, to witnessing physical violence, exposure to corporal punishment, neglect, sexual abuse, peer bullying and similar.

Published: 10.05.2016. | Read more >