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.
Daily newspaper 24sata brings a report from the thematic sessions of the Parliamentary Committee for Family, Youth and Sport held on 15 June 2018 on the topic of prevention and combating of pedophilia, attended by the director of the Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb, professor Gordana Buljan Flander, PhD. The session as particularly worrying emphasized that out of a total committed sexual crime in Croatia, many committed against children. Annually in Croatia we have 510 children that are victims of this crime, of which 85 percent of girls and 15 percent boys:
On 6 February 2018, we celebrated 15 years of the work of the Child and Youth Protection Centre of the city of Zagreb in the Renaissance Hall of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. The event gathered the Representative of the President of Croatia Renata Margaretić Urlić, her consultant for social activities for the youth, dr. Ivan Ćelić, the representative of the President of Croatian Parliament Gordan Jandroković, the representative of the Prime Minister the Minister of Health Milan Kujundžić, the members of the Government: the Minister for Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy Nada Murganić, the Minister of Justice Dražen Bošnjaković, the City of Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandić with his assistants, the Ambassador of Australia Elizabeth Petrović, the Ambassador of India Sandeep Kumar, the Rector of the University of Zagreb, Damir Boras, the Rector of the Zagreb Cathedral, reverent Josip Kuhtić, ombudsman for children Helenca Pirnat Dragičević, the members of the Parliament, deans Hrvoje Brkić and Snježana Sekušek Galešev, the President of the Croatian Psychological Chamber Andreja Bogdan, minister deputies, state secretaries, heads of city offices and city health and other institutions, our colleagues, children and parents from our committees.
Dr.sc. Astrid Podsiadlowski from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights visited Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb on 11th of December 2018, where she was thoroughly familiarized with Center's operations by the director of the Center prof.dr.sc. Gordana Buljan Flander, deputy diretor prim. Domagoj Štimac and Mia Roje, mag.psych. Dr.sc. Astrid Podsiadlowski encouraged us and commended our interdisciplinary work as well as our intersectoral cooperation as the basis of our work, as it is the kind of practice systematically promoted by the European Union as the best standard.