Prof. dr. sc. Gordana Buljan Flander, Director, Child Protection Centre of Zagreb, delivered the invited lecture "Child protection in criminal matters: How to secure an environment where children and juvenile victims or witnesses of crime feel safe" at the Multi- beneficiary workshop on the rights of children in criminal proceedings, held in Podgorica, Montenegro on November 27-28, 2014. It was organized by the European Commission, in cooperation with the Judicial Training Centre of Montenegro.
Representatives of the Hellenic Republic, Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights from Athens, Evgenia Stathoulopoulou, Prosecutor, and Eva Kogiannaki, Chief of the Department of Juvenile Probation Service of Athens, visited the Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb on April 26, 2018 to get acquainted with the Center’s work and the specifics of forensic interviewing. Both representatives are members of the Scientific Council for combating children`s victimization and criminality (KESATHEA).
The purpose of the study visit was to introduce the work of the Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb, which was chosen by Hellenic Republic as an example of good practice in Europe, and with Croatian child protection system, to encourage the opening of child-friendly, multidisciplinary and inter-sectorial institutions in Greece with the aim of improving child protection and preventing re-traumatization of children victims and witnesses of violence.
Representatives were welcomed on the behalf of the Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb by Director Prof. Gordana Buljan Flander, PhD, Deputy Director Domagoj Štimac, MD, psychiatrist, Vanja Slijepčević Saftić, PhD, neuropaediatrician and Center’s assistant director for quality of health care, and psychologist Ana Marija Španić.
Apart from the study visit to Child and Youth Protection Center, Greek representatives also visited Ministry of Interior, Juvenile Delinquency and Crime against Youth and Families Department, General Police Directorate, and the District Court of Zagreb where they were hosted by Ms Lana Peto Kujundžić, President of Juvenile Department of District Court of Zagreb and president of Association of Youth and Family Judges and Specialists, and their colleagues.