In the organization of the The Archdiocesan Pastoral Youth Center ‘John Paul II’ and Bosnian-Herzegovinian Association for Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (BHIDAPA) in Sarajevo, on Friday, 24th November, 2017, prof. dr. sc. Gordana Buljan Flander, Director of the Child and Youth Protection Centre of Zagreb, held a invited lecture on child protection and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The lecture was realized within the project “Because we care – education on the child protection”, intended for workers and peer educators of the Center, and to the councilors in the Youth Council of Vrhbosna Archdiocese. The project aims is to educate all those involved in the work of the Center about the importance of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in order to increase the safety and efficiency of working with children, and to familiarize them with measures and methods which will provide support, safety and protection of children. Through its motto “For youth and better tomorrow” Center for ten years represents a place that young people offers the possibility for growth and development, offering them the opportunity to meet with others and different ones, developing their talents, skills through further informal education. Particularly devoted to working with children at risk, children from poor families, as well as various community-relevant projects. They have a quality partner for the project in BHIDAPA, association that is committed to the preservation and improvement of mental health and quality of daily life of children, adolescents and adults respecting European standards and in accordance with the goals of the World Health Organization.

During the lecture, prof. dr. sc. Gordana Buljan Flander, spoke about the importance of the existence of and compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the principles on which the Convention was based, about four basic rights groups, and on particularly vulnerable groups of children. In the second part of the lecture there were words about the types of abuse and neglect of children, the way of recognizing a child exposed to violence, and how to approach and help the endangered child, how to work multidisciplinary and which are steps that need to be done if a child entrusted. In the closing part of the lectures prof. dr. sc. Buljan Flander stressed the responsibility of each individual for the child protection, to silence and closing the eyes for the problem of abuse as a sign of support of abusers, and invited the present volunteers and staff not to flee from conversations with children, teach them the appropriate behaviors and by their example and protection show that the world is a safe place for them despite the traumatic experience they had survived.

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