Psychological Society of Republika Srpska and UNICEF organized the conference „Psychology and Law in protection of the best interes of the child“, held 12 and 13 October 2017 in Banja Luka, Bosna and Herzegovina. Director of Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb, prof. Gordana Buljan Flander, PhD, was invited to give a presentation „Forensic Interview with children victims of criminal offenses – Psychological and Legal Aspects“, as part of the lecture was shown NICHD protocol of conducting interviews with child victims and witnesses in investigations. Center`s director prof. Gordana Buljan Flander and psychologist trainee Ana Raguž participated at the conference.
Conference participants were mostly psychologists, lawyers, prosecutors and judges, as well as representatives of all relevant institutions and organizations and also individuals who have contributed to improving access to children in judicial proceedings. The largest number of presentations at the conference focused on importance of psychological practice in investigative procedures with children witnesses. The conference also promoted the book “Child in the Judicial Procedure: A Psychological Approach” („Dijete u pravosudnom postupku: psihološki pristup“) by authors Sanja Radetić Lovrić and Olga Lola Ninković.
In conclusion, prof.dr.sc. Gordana Buljan Flander emphasized the importance of conducting forensic interviews by trained examiners according to scientifically established protocols in order to simultaneously obtain quality testimonies and protect the rights of child victims injudical proceedings.