Handbook created by Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Center and the Brave Phone “Halo, pomozite!", handbook for mental health professionals about the specifics of phone counseling due to a pandemic, has been translated into Slovenian and offered as a free electronic publication to mental health professionals in Slovenia under the title “Halo, pomagajte! – Priročnik za strokovnjake na področju duševnega zdravja o specifičnosti telefonskega svetovanja med pandemijo” [engl. Hello, help! - A handbook for mental health professionals about the specifics of phone counseling during a pandemic].Read more →
The website of Croatian Police Directorate announced the text of the international success of the campaign "Behind the Door" ("Behind This Door Lives Mia") on April 23, 2020. We convey the text in its entirety: “Sometimes, for those most vulnerable #ostanidoma [#stayhome] it is not a safe choice. What if staying in the house brings a danger and abuse?Read more →
The “Behind the Door” campaign, led jointly in Crooatia by the Ministry of the Interior, the Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Center and the Degordian Agency, aims to make all of us citizens aware not to turn our heads and to report the violence that is taking place nearby. Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Center and the police continue to work on the prevention of violent and abusing events that destroy lives and take away carelessness from the children's faces, but in these exceptional circumstances of social distancing and prolonged stay at their homes, we need help from the whole society - citizens, neighbours, acquaintances, the child's closest surroundings, and the media.
Director of the Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Center, Prof. Gordana Buljan Flander, PhD, and Police Officer Kristina Filipovic from the Department for Juvenile Delinquency and Crime Against Children and Youth of Ministry of the Interior participated on April 10, 2020 in the Croatian Radio and Television show "Together For Health" hosted by Tomislav Cerovec on the occasion of launching joint campaign by Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Center and the Ministry of the Interior Affairs "Behind the Door". Here is the transcript of the show:
The free brochure Cards For Rainy Days (and Social Distancing) created by Center’s psychologist Tea Brezinšćak, has been a great success. In just twenty days since we have offered 55 family activities that connect and build psychological resilience as part of psychological support for parents and children, it was read and downloaded over 13,000 times on our site for free. Another 5,000 readers reached them through social networks and other websites, which offered them for download, such as 24sata.hr and roditelji.hr and numerous elementary schools and kindergartens.Read more →
As mental health professionals, we are focused these days on supporting all children and parents in coping with the COVID-19 virus health crisis. However, children differ in their characteristics, in the number of adverse experiences while growing up, in the way they are coping with stress and the availability of support they have.Read more →
In about 40 years of my work experience, and a bit more of life experience, I have faced numerous crises, including war. Going trough them with my clients and my loved ones, I learned a lot. The crisis causes a feeling of insecurity in all of us. When we face completely unknown and often unforeseen circumstances, we don't know what to think or how to react. When a sense of uncertainty and danger unites, our need to establish personal emotional security is heightened: we need reliable information, clear directions and guidelines, "light at the end of the tunnel"...Read more →
Learning critical thinking skills can be of great benefit for young people as they grow up. By developing critical thinking, we encourage children and young people to be less passive but also to be more tolerant and empathetic when consuming online content. Also, they will understand easier that we can't trust everything that is written. Later in life, children who have developed critical thinking will make decisions that will bring them more positive outcomes with ease, they'll be more independent, won't hesitate to fight for themselves, while respecting the autonomy of others.Read more →