Professionals and parents gathered at the first meeting of the Parents' Committee of the Child and Youth Protection Centre of the City of Zagreb on 24 April 2017. Prof. Sc.D. Gordana Buljan Flander and other professionals welcomed the parents, emphasising the importance of cooperation and exchange of experience and ideas among the parents and the professionals in achieving changes which may contribute to children and families welfare in the society.
Members of the multidisciplinary team of the project Child Protection Hub, Assoc. Prof. Gordana Buljan Flander, Ph.D. and Lana Peto Kujundžić, youth judge, participated in the two-day conference (from 9 to 10 November 2015) in Priština, under the title “Sharing the Realities of Multi-Disciplinary Team Working”. The Conference was organised by Terre des Hommes and Defence for Children, within the project Child Protection Hub for SEE (South East Europe). The Brave Phone is a partner association.
The Conference gathered many professionals working in the field of child protection in many countries (Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Moldova, Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria, the UK, the Netherlands, Albania, Kosovo) and from many sectors – the government, social care institutions, health institutions and non-government organisations. Professionals worked in small groups discussing experience and challenges, the legal framework of multisector cooperation and presenting good practice.
Assoc. Prof. Gordana Buljan Flander, Ph.D. and Lana Peto Kujundžić, youth judge, presented the cooperation between the Child Protection Centre of Zagreb and the County Court in Zagreb, which, among other things, aims at reducing the number of hearings of the child in the criminal court procedure. Participants understood the importance of this and described the cooperation with an example of good practice. They also showed interest in implementing such a model of work in order to protect children in their countries.
The Brave Phone has been a partner in the three-year project „Child Protection Hub for SEE“ since December 2014. The aim of the Project is the development of a strong regional body of practice and innovations among participants who directly contribute to the development and realisation of services in protecting children from abuse and neglect in South East Europe (professionals, decision-makers, experts, users). The Project strategically emphasises three types of interventions (the management of knowledge, the building of capacities and advocacy) in the regional network of professionals and agencies, supported by an especially designed on-line platform (Child Protection Hub). The focus of the platform is on the services and skills related to protecting children from abuse and neglect. Child Hub will enable networking and cooperation among the participants in the countries of South East Europe. It will expand opportunities for the improvement of knowledge and skills, and design a process of permanent practice improvement (through education, exchange of peer experience and knowledge, internet library and sources available in 5 languages). The project will also offer a platform for policy development and innovation advocacy.
The project is being conducted in 8 countries of South East Europe (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Romania and Serbia) and operated by the regional office of “Terre des homes” in Budapest. It is funded by the European Union, the OAK Foundation and the Austrian Development Cooperation.