Principal of the Child Protection Center, Assoc. Prof. Gordana Buljan Flander, Ph. D., and deputy principal, Domagoj Štimac, Psychiatrist, participated in the Fundamental rights conference 2010 – Ensuring justice and protection for all children, in Brussels, 7 – 8 December 2010.
Through working groups they shared their experience of multidisciplinary approach in working with abused and neglected children.
Working groups included the following topics:
• Child victims of domestic violence
• Separated and unaccompanied, asylum seeking children
• Child victims of trafficking
• Children with intellectual disabilities
The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) is an advisory body of the European Union. It was established in March 2007 and it is based in Vienna, Austria. The FRA helps to ensure that the fundamental rights of people living in the EU are protected. It does this by collecting evidence about the situation of fundamental rights across the European Union and providing advice, based on evidence, about how to improve the situation. The FRA also informs people about their fundamental rights. In doing so, it helps to make the fundamental rights a reality for everyone in the European Union.
The role of the FRA
In providing evidence based assistance and expertise on issues of fundamental rights to EU institutions and Member States when implementing EU law, the FRA has devoted particular attention to the rights of the child , including the protection of children. This is one of the current main thematic areas of work of the Agency, as requested by the Council of the European Union.
On the basis of this mandate, and as a request from the Commission, the Agency started work on developing indicators for the protection, respect and promotion of the rights of the child in the European Union. This work provides an initial toolkit to evaluate the impact of adopted EU law and policy on children’s status and experience. It highlights the limitations and gaps in current provision and data, and provides a springboard for future legal, policy and research development. The indicators are based on a distinctly child-focused approach, anchored in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and are formulated in response to the existing EU framework. They cover the areas of: family environment and alternative care; protection from exploitation and violence; adequate standard of living; education, culture, citizenship and participation in activities relating to school and sport. In doing so, they identify as crucial such aspects as the existence of child-sensitive family justice processes, the adoptability of immigration processes to the vulnerabilities of separated children, and the identification and protection of victims of child trafficking, sexual and economic exploitation and violence.
Director Gordana Buljan Flander, prof, Ph.D participated in the expert meeting „Child and system manipulation: do we recognize child emotional abuse?“ organized by the Association of Social Workers of the Osijek-Baranja County in Osijek, March 22nd, 2019. Director held the introductory lecture "Manipulation of children and system"
13th SOSORT International Conference on Scoliosis was held in Dubrovnik from 17th to 21st April 2018. For the first time Croatia had opportunity to host top experts in this field, and lectures, workshops and courses gathered more than 300 participants from 37 countries around the world. At the conference two best researches were awarded and the winners one of them were Dr. Sunčica Bulat Wuersching, Ing. Andreas Wuersching from Kuća Zdravlja, prof. dr.sc. Tomislav Đapić, President of Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of Croatia and prof.dr.sc. Gordana Buljan Flander, Director of the Child Protection and Youth in Zagreb, for the research “Parental role in scoliosis treatment”.
Sanja Jusufbegović, Clinical Psychologist from Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Center, was a guest in Nova TV’s Dnevnik on June 12th, 2019 and spoke on the topic of psychological assistance to traumatized children. After the truck crashed into the students on a school excursion at the Novska landing site and killed two female students, a crisis intervention team arrived at the Elementary School Dalje. It was said that four psychologists spoke with the students, witnesses of the accident, that they will meet with parents and teachers, and that in addition to group therapy with the students, the psychologists would also work individually: