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.
Fundamental Right Agency (FRA) organized an event ''It felt like I was just a puppet: How to improve child participation" on 28 April 2017 in Vienna. The main topic was improving and empowering child participation in legal processes and justice system in general. According to FRA, over 2.5 million children participate in judicial proceedings across the European Union (EU) every year, affected by parental divorce or as victims of, or witnesses to, crime. Ensuring a child-friendly legal system thus has to be a matter of priority for all the experts involved. Children were also included in this meeting and they ideas, testimonies and stories were taken with high importance.
The Center participated in the 13 Health Fair in Vinkovci from April 24-26, 2009. Within it, Renata Ćorić Špoljar participated in the meeting of professionals Violence and mental health protection where she delivered the lecture "Risk and protective factors of abuse".