The case of a street involved girl: emotional instability, missing school classes, antidepressant drugs therapy suggested. Case discussion in Serbian.

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S.A. is a 12 year old girl and she is a beneficiary of Drop in Shelter for street involved children (Center for Youth Integration is coordinating this Shelter). Fatherhood is not recognized, so her mother is taking care of the girl and her younger sister (10 year old) since their birth. The youngest child (born in 2008) is in a foster care at the initiative of a mother and due to their poor socio-economic situation. Mother is in a common law marriage, she is unemployed, and she is receiving financial help from the Center for Social Work. Her partner has temporary jobs, and they all live together in a solitary hotel in one room.

S.A. is in the VI grade of a primary school, but during the whole school year she is irregular in classes and during the second half of the school year she does not attend classes at all.

She does not want to explain or give a reason for this.

Center for Social Work, Drop In Shelter and school are involved in this case and as a support to this girl, so she was sent to a Development Council within the local Health Center, and from there to the Neurology and Psychiatry Hospital for Children (where the doctor suggested antidepressant drugs). All that time, the girl accepts every intervention passively. She shows signs of emotional instability, behavioral variations range from intense hyperactivity and positivity to the complete inertia.

Language(s) of materials: 
English
Date and time for case discussion: 
27 Apr 2016 - 12:00pm
Learning points: 

Increase the pressure on the Centre for Social Work

To ask for advice and professional assistance of some other relevant stakeholder/organizations

Best interest of a child should always be in the focus, during all interventions

Organizing Case Conference

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