The main interest of our colleagues from Belgrade was the procedure of diagnosing traumatised children, the integration of multidisciplinary examinations into the findings of the multidisciplinary team and the treatment of children and their families. We exchanged experience in the field of the protection of abused children in our two countries, as well as the possibilities of cooperation of professionals in the health system with the institutions in charge of child protection (social care centres, the police, state attorneys, the judiciary, etc.).
Organized by the Association “HERA” Križevci and the Association “Iris” Bjelovar in the premises of Red Cross Bjelovar the psychologist of the Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Center, Ella Selak Bagarić held an online educational lecture “Protection of children victims of violence” for experts in institutions and organizations and all to those who meet victims and witnesses of crimes in their work on Wednesday, August 26, 2020. During the training, for all participants, a lecture entitled “Rights of Victims of Sexual Violence – Experiences of the Center for Victims of Sexual Violence” was also held by a member of the Women’s Room, Anamaria Drožđan-Kranjčec, mag. iur.
The aim of the lecture was to acquaint participants with the consequences for the mental health of children and youth, but also the consequences that without adequate treatment, reactions of experts and all instances of the system are transmitted to adulthood by people with childhood trauma. Risk factors for child abuse are also explained taking into account the characteristics of the child and parents, parental competencies, and environmental factors. The special emphasis of the lecture was on the importance of witness protection, urgency of action, care for retraumatization of witnesses, as well as the importance of the amount of punishment and quick resolution of the procedure for the recovery of children – victims of violence.
This lecture is part of the activities of the project “Network of Support and Cooperation for Victims and Witnesses of Criminal Offenses” implemented by the Women’s Room, and partner organizations “HERA” Križevci, Delfin Pakrac, Deša Dubrovnik, Slavonski Brod Information and Legal Center, Zvonimir Knin Association, Support Association victims and witnesses, Center for Civic Initiatives Poreč, SOS Virovitica, Women’s Group Karlovac “Step”, SOS hotline for women victims of violence in Krapina-Zagorje County. The project is financially supported by the Ministry of Justice and Administration of the Republic of Croatia.
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