The case discussed:
The situation of Gabriel (born June 1999) came to the attention of DGASPC Dolj from a referral made at the Child Helpline by the local police representative, as his father who had a conflict with does not want to receive him at home.
Gabriel comes from a relationship of cohabitation, the relationship was officially made after the born of the child, relationship which is now disbanded.
From the same relationship of cohabitation another child was born, presently enrolled in 8th grade.
The mother left the family home after about eight years, now being moved to Italy, having another relationship of cohabitation. She keeps in touch with her children ocasionally by phone. Father says he has obtained court custody of the children.
Upon receiving the referral, the child was picked up by a representative of DGASPC Dolj and hosted for a few days at the Emergency Receiving Complex in Craiova.
During the discussions with Gabriel, he mentioned that the relationships within the family are strained and conflictual. His father addresses tough, aggressive verbal insults to him, things Gabriel can no longer tolerate, noting that as a child his father and his mother were both verbally and physically aggressive with him and his brother.
He added that the aggresive attitude of his father provokes strong emotions and feelings, strained, causing him to hurt himself making wounds on his arms and body: abdomen and chest.
He was later contacted by his father and, after discussions with them, both the father and child have agreed that the minor can return home.
In the psychosocial assessment report it was concluded that Gabriel has behavioral disorders, proposing to monitor the child in his family and including him in a personalized counseling program that is presently running.
- SCHIOPU EMANUELA – Social worker at the Counseling Center for the Abused, Neglected and Exploited Children wtihin DGASPC Dolj
- DUMBRAVA MARIA - Chief of the Counseling Center for the Abused, Neglected and Exploited Children wtihin DGASPC Dolj
During the case discussion, the intervention measures applied and all stages of the case will be presented in detail, subsequently leaving space for discussions on good practices and for any questions / suggestions from the participants.
The case presentation will be shared before the online meeting in order for all participants to be already familiarized with the case to be discussed and are able to share their views.
When and how long?
Friday, 22nd April 2016, at 12.00h (EET). Duration: max. 1h
Online: click this link to access.
To whom is addressed?
All interested persons, especially professionals working on similar cases from public institutions and NGOs, Romanian speaking. The maximum number of participants: 25.
How do you enrol?
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How do you access the online discussion?
This discussion is the second in a series of five case discussions which will take place from March to July 2016 (one case per month).
Case discussions represent an unique opportunity to develop our knowledge and to optimize practices in child protection, so as to attract support and to obtain validation. The ultimate aim being, of course, improving the work undertaken by all of us with children and families, which otherwise forms a valuable learning experience.
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- Even if the medical treatment prescribed by the psychiatrist was discontinued by the child (because of side effects), the psychological therapy can support his recovery, therefore this should be considered as a long standing service. If the child protection institution cannot provide this type of service, then a program within a public hospital can be considered.
- If the child refuses counselling, other types of psychological services can be tried until the child feels comfortable and accepts the support.
- Lack of cooperation of the father is affecting the child’s receiving necessary services. Individual meetings with the father should be organized in order for him to understand the importance of his involvement and to foster his parenting skills.
- In order for the father to be considered violent, other sources should be checked, such as relatives, neighbors etc. If this proves to be right, then psychological therapy for him should be proposed.
- One assisted meeting between his father and his 2 children was organized in order to discuss the relationship between them. More meetings of these type would be considered useful to foster their relationship and to find solution together.
- If the father’s behavior towards the child can be evidenced, the placement of the children in a center is a temporary solution; and for a longer term placing the child to another family member.
- Monitoring could not be done since the child cannot be reached. In this case, collaboration with other authorities would be necessary in order to know the child’s whereabouts.