Prof. dr. sc. Gordana Buljan Flander, Director, Child Protection Centre of Zagreb, delivered the invited lecture “Child protection in criminal matters: How to secure an environment where children and juvenile victims or witnesses of crime feel safe” at the Multi- beneficiary workshop on the rights of children in criminal proceedings, held in Podgorica, Montenegro on November 27-28, 2014. It was organized by the European Commission, in cooperation with the Judicial Training Centre of Montenegro.
The objective of the seminar was to exchange experience with all beneficiaries on rights, status and treatment of children in conflict with the law and to discuss child friendly procedures in investigations and hearings for child victims and witnesses of crime. IPA Beneficiaries of this project are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey.
Branka Lakocevic, General Director, Directorate General for Justice and Maja Milosevic, Executive Director, Judicial Training Centre of Montenegro welcomed the seminar.
Seminar topics and speakers can be seen below:
Topic 1: implementation of directive 2012/29 in Spain with focus on the rights of child victims by Ms Eugenia Hernandez Fernandez, Prosecutor- Adviser, Spanish Ministry of Justice, General Directorate of International Juridical Cooperation
Topic 2: the role and rights of children/juveniles in criminal proceedings (inc. Punishment and alternative measure) in Belgium from the view of an investigating judge by Mr Theo Byl, Investigating Judge, Court of First Instance Antwerp
Topic 3: The role and rights of children/juveniles in criminal proceedings (incl. punishment and alternative measures) in Germany from the view of a public prosecutor by Ms Ulrike Markus, Senior Public Prosecutor, Dresden Office of the Chief Public Prosecutor
Topic 4: police education and training on human rights, especially rights of the child and child protection by Mr Andre Konze, German Police University, Munster
Topic 5: Outlook on the “draft directive on procedural safeguards for children suspected or accused in criminal proceedings – COM (2013) 82” by Dr Tomasz Ostropolski Head of Unit, European Criminal Law Department of Criminal Law, Ministry of Justice, Warsaw
Topic 6: Child protection in criminal matters: How to secure an environment where children and juvenile victims or witnesses of crime feel safe by Ms Gordana Buljan Flander, Director, Child Protection Centre of Zagreb
The first Croatian university textbook about child abuse, titled "Violence of Children and among Children", written by dr sc. Vesna Bilić, prof. dr sc. Gordana Buljan Flander and Hana Hrpka, prof., was presented in House of journalists in Zagreb.
As earlier, Child Protection Center of Zagreb professionals participated in the 13th ISPCAN (International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect) European Regional Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect from 15 to 18 September 2913 in Dublin.
On the International Day of Nonviolence, on October 4, 2018, the forum 'Violence among children – experts - participants or protectors in violence' was held on the campus of the University of Dubrovnik. The panel was addressed by the director of the Child and Youth Protection Centre of Zagreb, Prof. Sc. D. Gordana Buljan Flander, Director of the Centre for Social Welfare of the City of Dubrovnik, Ružica Misir and Dr. Martina Jerinić-Njirić from the Public Health Institute of the Dubrovnik County.