Psychological Society of Republika Srpska and UNICEF organized the conference „Psychology and Law protect the best interes of child“, held 12 and 13 October 2017 in Banja Luka, Bosna and Herzegovina. Center`s director prof. Gordana Buljan Flander and psychologist trainee Ana Raguž participated at the conference. Director of Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb, prof. Gordana Buljan Flander, PhD, was invited to give a presentation „Forensic Interview with children victims of criminal offenses - Psychological and Legal Aspects“, as part of the lecture was shown NICHD protocol of conducting interviews with child victims and witnesses in investigations.
Australian delegation visited the Child and Youth Protection Centre of Zagreb on 6 November 2017. The members of the delegation learned about our work and our cooperation with other institutions aiming at child protection in Croatia. Australian delegation was headed by senator Zed Seselja who is visiting Croatia and ambassador Elizabeth Petrovic with the Head of cabinet Angela McGuinness, state secretary Barbara Bennet and the representative of the Australian Embassy office for public diplomacy and consular affairs Dijana Grahovac
The work of our Centre was presented by director Prof, Sc.D. Gordana Buljan Flander and Sc.D. Bruna Profaca, the head of diagnostics and treatment. Since besides presenting our multidisciplinary approach, we also presented the cross-sectoral cooperation of the Centre, the meeting was also attended by Lana Peto Kujundžić, County Court judge.
Our experience in clinical work with children and families and our other activities were presented. Special emphasis was focused on our experts’ forensic work in cooperation with the judiciary, in order to protect children from retraumatisation, repeated interviewing and going to court. Anamarija Vuić, psychologist, presented methods of work and programmes of the Brave Phone, help-line for children and parents.
Croatian and Australian experience was exchanged, especially in the area of senator Seselj’s special interests, supporting children placed in foster families, supporting families at risk, supporting children from asylum-seeking families.