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.
In Prague, on 11 July 2017, a meeting was organized which brought together practitioners from across Europe who are dealing with the manipulation of children by parents in divorce proceedings. The purpose of the meeting was to establish European Association of Parental Alienation Practitioners (EAPAP, https://www.eapap.eu/) that will deal with this issue at a systematic international and multidisciplinary level.
Karen and Nick Woodall from Separation Clinic London, organizers of the meeting, recognized Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb as an example of good practice and invited Center’s Director Prof. dr. sc. Gordana Buljan Flander to hold a presentation on Center’s practice as well as challenges we face every day.
Center’s psychologists Ana Marija Španić, Mia Roje and Tea Brezinščak also participated in this meeting. Karen Woodall emphasized that she considers this meeting a historic moment because it resulted in the establishment of the European Association of Parental Alienation Practitioners – the first of its kind.
Participants discussed various aspects of working with children and families affected by manipulation:
- legal frameworks of each country,
- creation of a common network and projects to improve care for this particularly vulnerable group of children,
- raising public awareness of the problem of manipulation.