Published: Friday, 19.01.2018

Round table on institutional responsibility for community-based prevention

Round table entitled “Roles and responsibilities of institutions in community-based prevention” took place in the SOS Social Centre Hermann Gmeiner.

As part of the project “A Loving Home for Every Child – SOS Mobile Team and Counselling Centre for Children, Youth and Family”, the round table discussed cooperation between all local stakeholders and ways of improving quality of life for children, youth and families in the Sisak-Moslavina County.

After inspirational and educational presentations given by the High Misdemeanour Court judge Ms. Branka Žigante Živković, psychologist Josipa Šarić and Ms. Mirjana Ceković, Ms. Anita Romčević, Ms. Jadranka Luca Mrđen and Ms. Željka Bobaš, we held a short discussion about the child rights violations.

The discussion helped crystallize several key issues that all experts agreed are essential to efficient and timely system of child protection.

Familiarity with legislation is one of the priorities in the child protection system, along with timely responses and proper procedures undertaken by all relevant services, including school, Social Welfare Centres, police and health service. Training and professional support for all the experts working for the above services are also vital, because they should all share the same level of knowledge to prevent the burnout syndrome. The final building block of the well-designed system is high level interdepartmental cooperation, to make all necessary activities in the child protection chain efficient and ensure that they are in the best interest of the child.

Family strengthening programmes in the Sisak-Moslavina County will continue to expand the extra-institutional social services through old and new projects in 2018. The programme “A Loving Home for Every Child – SOS Mobile Team and Counselling Centre for Children, Youth and Family” will be receiving a grant from the Ministry of Demographics, Family, Youth and Social Policy in the period between 2017 and 2020. We will continue our partnership with the Social Welfare Centres in Sisak, Glina and Hrvatska Kostajnica, working together on improving the quality of child care, quality of life for children and families and prevention of family separation for children in the deprived and service-poor region of the Sisak-Moslavina County. To achieve this goal, it is vital to improve the cooperation between institutions, expand the network of social service providers, advocate children’s rights and strengthen the capacities of the local community. “This is why we organized this round table and why we discussed how to strengthen the cooperation of all local stakeholders, how to define the roles and responsibilities of specific institutions in child protection and where to make the improvements in the child protection system in the local community”, said Asja Zenko, Family Strengthening Programme coordinator.



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