At the ChildHub webinar, “The adaptation of the concept of children’s homes (Barnahus) to the local realities” about working models in their countries was presented by Anna M. Pettersson, social worker – Coordinator at the Childrens House (Barnahus) in Linköping, Sweden and prof. Gordana Buljan Flander, PhD, Director of the Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb. The theme of the webinar was a comparison of how these two countries work to achieve quality standards for children’s homes (Barnahus).
– It was nice to take part in a webinar where I had the opportunity to show all the breadth and scope of our activities, for which many participants showed great interest. They were particularly interested in using therapeutic dogs in the work with traumatized children – impressions are prof. Gordana Buljan Flander, PhD, after the webinar was held. – Compared to children’s home, Barnahus, Sweden, our advantage is that all our professionals are Center’s employees, with a wide range of activities both in diagnosis and therapy, as well as in scientific and publicity work and in education of other systems. In Barnahus, Sweden, there are 4 to 6 employees, and many other associates from other institutions. In Barnahus, in fact, they are mostly dealing with forensic interviews, while we are much more comprehensive. Their advantage is that no child is going to court, but the judge is going to spend a conversation with the child in the child friendly environment of the children’s home. And the participants of yesterday’s webinars have pleaded that in their countries it is difficult to get a judge to leave the courtroom and come to a child friendly place where the child feels comfortable. I hope that the model of the Nordic countries in which the child will never go to court take root in our practice.
Last Wednesday in February - Pink T-shirt Day - is marked as National Day of Fighting Against Peer Violence, with the aim of raising public awareness of violence among children. In the Center this day was dedicated to children from the Daily hospital with the Head of the Daily hospital, Domagoj Štimac, MD, psychologists Renata Ćorić Špoljar and Ana Raguž and chief nurse Ivana Ivančić. On the occasion of the celebration of the Pink T-shirt day, the children also made a poster on which they wrote their ideas, thoughts and messages related to the topic of violence among children.
Child Protection Center Director, Gordana Buljan Flander, Assoc. Prof., Ph. D., and Marija Crnković, psychologist, participated at the 7th European Forum for the Rights of the Child titled Supporting child protection systems through the implementation of the EU agenda for the rights of the child.
Child Protection Center of Zagreb participated in the First International Congress of Person Centred Medicine. The presentation 'The Effects of Children’s Online Activities – are Those Engaged in Cyberbullying at Risk of Self-harm?' was delivered by dr. Domagoj Štimac,psychiatrist, sub specialist in child and adolescent psychiatry and deputy of Center's director. Co-authors were Ella Selak Bagarić, psychologist of the Brave Phone and prof. dr. sc. Gordana Buljan Flander, Director of the Child Protection Center of Zagreb.