After last week’s online lecture about the topic of positive parenting, the director of the Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Center, professor Gordana Buljan Flander, PhD, this week were held a three-day online training for judges and experts from Serbian social welfare centers on the needs and rights of children in divorce, in cooperation with colleagues from Serbia, Milica Pejović, PhD and Teodora Minčić, MD.

This training was conducted as part of the two-year project of the Child Rights Center (CRC) from Belgrade “Positive Parenting”, which is implemented with EU financial support under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights in Serbia, with the aim of providing every child in Serbia with protection from all forms of violence through an effective legislative framework that is consistently applied in all settings.


The main topics of the training were:

– parental divorce, high conflict and adjustment of the child

– the best interests of the child, alienation and attachment traps

– splitting, recognizing and responding to child abuse

– interventions and cooperation with an emphasis on particularly challenging cases


More than forty participants took a very active part in lectures, exercises and discussions and discussed cases, each from the domain of their profession and labor sector. Interdisciplinarity in practice is guaranteed through the dedication of the entire last day of training to discussions and conclusions about the roles, responsibilities, but also the limitations of the competencies of each stakeholder in the system. The training continues on the online platform, which provides further opportunities for long-term cooperation and training.


Many participants expressed a desire for a study visit to the Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Center when epidemiological conditions allow.


Disclaimer: This is unofficial translation provided for information purposes. Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Center cannot be held legally responsible for any translation inaccuracy. 

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