Published: Friday, 05.02.2016

Are you a child care professional working with children in alternative care? This training was made for you!

If you ever wondered about true meaning of implementing children’s rights in your everyday work and about ways of implementing them in the face of numerous limitations, if you want to learn what your colleagues think about this issue, register to attend the third of five training courses designed to provide capacity building for child care professionals.

 SOS Children's Village Croatia is pleased to invite you to the third of five training courses that are part of the project “Training Professionals Working With Children in Care”, which will take place on March 10-11, 2016, in the Esseker Center in Osijek, Ribarska 4, Venue 31, starting at 9.30 AM.

This project was launched in January 2015 and developed in partnership between SOS-Kinderdorf International, Council of Europe, Eurochild and national partners in eight EU countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, France, Italy, Latvia, Hungary and Romania.

The project is designed to support and promote the rights of children and youth in alternative care, and this goal will be achieved through two key activities:
1. Training professionals who work in alternative care to adopt a child rights-based approach in their daily work
2. Cooperation with national and European stakeholders and raising awareness about the need to sustain trainings on children's rights for professionals in alternative care in the long run.

The two-day training course is designed to familiarize the professionals with international standards and principles regarding children’s rights and, above all, to connect them through daily experiences and challenges in alternative care. The course will provide the participants with information, motivation and strategies they can apply to integrate children’s rights in their daily work.

After the completed training, the participants will have:
• Better understanding of children’s and human rights
• Ability to recognize children’s rights being restricted or violated
• Strategies for more efficient integration of children’s rights in their work
• Openness to new ideas, readiness to try new work methods and motivation to do so

Meet the trainers:

Sunčana Kusturin graduated from the Social Work Study Center, University of Zagreb, in 2002. In 2010, she completed a specialist course to be a psychosocial work supervisor, and she is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Social Work and Social Policy. In addition to her formal education, she took part in numerous training programs on informal youth education. She has been active in the field of alternative care for the past fifteen years. She has experience of working directly with children, youth and professionals, and she is the author of several manuals aimed at various stakeholders in alternative care. She takes part in various advocacy activities designed to improve the quality of life and leaving alternative care. She enjoys taking a critical look from different perspectives, with deep respect for weaknesses and strengths of everyone involved in alternative care.

Toni Maglica graduated from the School of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Zagreb, in 2001. Ever since then, he has been working directly with children, youth and their families in the social welfare system. He is also trained in Gestalt psychotherapy and nearing the end of his doctoral studies in prevention sciences at the University of Zagreb. In addition to formal education, he took part in numerous training programs on informal youth education. He authored several papers, articles and manuals about behavioral problems of young people and a range of alternative care subjects. He takes part in various advocacy activities aimed at improving the quality of life for children in alternative care. He is employed in the NGO MoSt. He shares his knowledge of social pedagogy and his professional experiences with the students of pedagogy and sociology at the School of Philosophy in Split, where he has worked as a part-time lecturer since 2009.

So far we held two training courses in Zagreb, and following this training in Osijek, we also plan sessions in Rijeka and Split, which will give all the interested professionals in Croatia a chance to participate.
We would like to share with you some of the feedback from participants on what they gained by participating in this training:
Better/new insight into issues at hand; affirmation of good practice; practical exercises; new ideas for their cases; refresher course; sharing opinions; experience of being in other people’s shoes.

This training is completely free for all participants. Participants will receive free lunch and two coffee breaks per day and the training is registered with the Croatian Chamber of Social Workers, Croatian Psychological Chamber and Croatian Chamber of Special Education Teachers.

Those interested may apply through this link: http://goo.gl/forms/AowzwdyZjm . For additional questions, please contact us at this e-mail address: valentina.popovic@sos-dsh.hr or call 01/4610-066 or 099 3202 824.
Number of participants is limited to 20.

Please send your applications by February 22, 2016, at the latest.


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