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.
The training included professionals from various areas that deal with sexual violence. Some of them were judges, lawyers, attorneys, state prosecutors, representatives of the police and psychologists.
The aim of the training was sharing experiences related to children who are victims of sexual violence from the perspective of different sectors, but also from the perspective of a number of European countries. Legal frameworks of sexual violence, children’s rights, the best interests of the child, the existing cooperation between the sectors and the possibilities of future progress were discussed.
Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb was given as an example of good practice relating to the multi-sectoral cooperation, and also there was an informational video about the work of the Center presented.
T-portal reporter Elma Katana spoke with psychologist Tea Brezinšćak on all the ways social networks, such as Facebook and Instagram, can affect the psyche of adolescents and how they can cope with the challenges of virtual reality:
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.
At the Ministry of the Interior, on March 11th, 2019, a meeting was held discussing the new Rulebook on the implementation of protective measures for prohibition of approach, harassment or stalking domestic violence victims and measures of removal from the common housing which is being prepared. On March 2nd the procedure for collecting public proposals on the esavjetovanja.gov.hr page has been completed. The issues of domestic violence, femicide and the activities of the Police Academy were discussed.