In order to raise awareness of the public and experts, the Ministry of Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy organized a round table entitled “Protecting the well-being of children in situations of separation and conflicting parenting” on July 9, 2018. This is a topic that occupies a professional and widespread public for a dozen years and special efforts are being made to protect the rights of children when they are at the center of the conflict in separation and conflicting parenting. Moderator of the Round Table was Tatjana Katkić Stanić from the Ministry of Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy.

1793 children did not meet with another parent or did less than determined by a court decision in year 2016

In the introductory part the participants were welcomed by Marija Pletikosa, State Secretary at the Ministry of Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy and Helena Pirnat Dragičević, Ombudsman for Children of the Republic of Croatia. It is important to emphasize that Ombudsman for Children of the Republic of Croatia, Helena Pirnat Dragičević stated the extent of the problem of child manipulation with the fact that during the 2016, 1793 children did not meet with another parent or did less than determined by a court decision and 377 children were subjected to manipulation by the parent with whom they dont  live.

On behalf of the Ministry of Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy, Marija Pletikosa, State Secretary at the Ministry, invited the media and all experts to cooperate and take measures to protect the rights and well-being of children in conflict and separated parenting situations and the collaborative relationship take responsibility to protect those who need it most – children.

In the invited lectures at the Round Table, approaches from the perspective of multidisciplinary to this important topic have been presented.

Tatjana Katkić Stanić from the Ministry of Demography, Family, Youth and Social Affairs presented the “integrated approach and the protection of the welfare of children from the perspective of the social welfare system”

Prof. Gordana Buljan Flander, PhD has presented the topic of “Child Alienation Syndrome / Clinical Practice Experience”

Director of Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb, Prof. Gordana Buljan Flander, PhD has presented the topic of “Child Alienation Syndrome / Clinical Practice Experience”. Center’s specialists base their clinical work on recent evidence-based research and practice, which prof. Buljan Flander, PhD emphasized in her lecture. She particularly emphasized the consequences for children who are in the middle of parental conflict and the importance of treatment work but also of system cooperation and the importance of recognizing the manipulation of children and their alienation from parents with whom they do not live as forms of emotional abuse.

Prof. dr. sc. Marina Ajduković from the Study Center of Social Work presented a valuable project “Assessment endangered the welfare of children in situations of conflict separated parenting – A New Tool for Team  Assessment of the SWC”, which will develop an instrument for assessing the risk level of vulnerability of children who  are living with conflicting or have separated parents, in order to plan appropriate interventions to protect the well-being of children.

Valuable experience in practice, as well as a review of professional work was given by Štefica Karačić, BSc. soc. worker (Croatian Association of Social Workers) through the presentation of “Well being of the child between legal provisions and practice of social work ”

An overview of this important topic from a legal perspective was brought by attorneys Nataša Pečarević and Eleonora Katić trying to answer the question “The welfare of a child or a parent, a lawyer’s dilemma or not?” and judge Tijana Kokić.

Finally, the case of practices which painted all the problems that exist today in this area were presented.

Topics in the crowded Great Hall of the Croatian Association of Journalists House encourage the discussion of participants.

Center’s experts also participated and got involved in the discussion: Prim.  Vanja Slijepčević Saftić, MD, PhD, neuropediatrician and assistant director of the Center for Quality of Health Care, Renata Ćorić Špljar, PhD,  clinical psychologist and head of diagnostic and treatment department, Bruna Profaca, PhD, clinical psychologist, Ella Selak Bagarić,  mag. psych., Mia Roje, mag. psych., Ana Marija Španić, mag. psych. , Tea Brezinšćak, mag. psych., Ana Raguž, mag. psych. and Iva Kuculo, mag. psych.

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