As part of the Child Protection Hub SSE project, a training which dealt with the best interests of the child victims of sexual violence was held in Budapest from 21 to 22 of December. The training brought together professionals from 9 countries – Croatia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Hungary, Moldova, Romania and Serbia. Croatia was represented by Center’s experts – Petra Šimčić, mag. psych. and Dominik Šmida, mag. psych, and juvenile judge Lana Peto Kujundžić, who was one of the coaches who led the training.
Director of the Center, Gordana Buljan Flander, Ph.D., delivered a lecture on May 11th, 2019, at the Emaus Spiritual Education Center in Potoci, near Mostar, “Why is love important in raising children – what can parents and teachers do to prevent violence?” organized by Caritas Director don Ante Tonće Komadina and Mirjana Vlaho, Head of Center for Children, Youth and Family Center SPES. The Emaus center hall was filled by more than a hundred interested participants – parents, educators, teachers and many others involved in the upbringing and protection of children.
During her lecture, Prof. Gordana Buljan Flander, Ph.D., spoke about the development of attachment from the perspective of neurobiology and elaborated in detail a number of theories of different forms of attachment as well as risk factors that can influence this process, with emphasis on psychotraumatic experiences. Also, there was talk about transferring attachment patterns to creating and maintaining relationships in adulthood as well as mental health of children and adolescents, but also of adults, given early experiences in significant close relationships.
Practical guidelines for day-to-day educational work with children were discussed interactively, and Prof. Gordana Buljan Flander, Ph.D., emphasized the importance of intersectoral and multidisciplinary cooperation in the prevention of violence against and among children.
The participants actively and with interest participated in the discussion related to the topics of upbringing, child protection and system cooperation. Everyone in attendance agreed that the importance of loving children on the part of parents, educators, teachers and professionals is crucial for the upbringing of children.
After the lecture, Gordana Buljan Flander, Ph.D. and psychologist Ana Raguž of the Center held supervision for volunteers of the Center for Children, Youth and Family SPES.