Better leadership and coordination between the institutions responsible for child protection, systematic assessment and planning related to staff qualification and exchange of experiences or application of coaching format for the training of child protection workers, were some of the main recommendations emerging from the latest study on "Mapping basic child protection structures (at local level) and prioritizing their capacity building needs".
The study was carried out during 2018 and is a result of a cooperation between Terre des hommes Albania and the State Agency for Children's Rights and Protection. Its main aim was to identify the obstacles and challenges faced by the staff involved in protecting children at the local level and at the same time assessing their needs and opportunities for enabling them to perform their duties in accordance with quality standarts.
This initiative was led by the lecturer of the Faculty of Social Sciences, dr. Elona Dhembo. The study methodology, besides the other methods, included the development and administration of a data collection tool with self-declaration of protection workers in all the Municipalities of Albania.
Presentation of findings and recommendations was the main focus of the event organized on November 19th, which took place at the premises of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection. The activity was welcomed by representatives from the Ministry, the State Agency for the Rights and Protection of Children, UNICEF and the Faculty of Social Sciences (Department of Policies and Social Work) respectively: Merita Xhafa, Alma Tandili, Rudina Rama and David Gviniera.
In their greeting speech, all the participants of the panel stressed the importance of conducting researches for the purpose of generating data that should be used in the development of protection policies, budgeting of intervention plans, mapping roles and duties of protection professionals as well as designing their capacity building plans. The findings and recommendations of the study in question will inform the implementation of medium-term plans for ongoing training.
At the same time, given that this study was carried out within the framework of the regional platform efforts, 'CHILDHUB / www.childhub.org', a presentation of the platform was carried out during the event including the activity during the first phase of project implementation in Albania (2015-2017) and the introduction of the next steps of the second phase of implementation (2018-2020).
Copy of the study can be found here