- The conference will take place in Tirana (Albania) on December 5-6.
- 50 child protection experts, representatives of authorities, and academics from 9 countries will attend the conference.
Budapest, November 23, 2017 – The third annual regional conference of “Child Protection Hub for South-East Europe” will take place in Tirana (Albania) on December 5-6. As an effort to improve the effectiveness of child protection services, the conference will discuss existing quality mechanisms in child protection and explore good or promising practices. More than 50 child protection experts, academics and representatives of national authorities will participate in the event.
For the past 3 years, the “Child Protection Hub for South-East Europe” project has been successfully implemented in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Romania, Moldova, and Serbia. The annual regional conferences are an opportunity for senior professionals to network and exchange experiences.
Prior to the event, national reports were produced, where researchers analysed the quality assurance mechanisms of child protection services in 8 countries of the region. The conference gathers researchers to present the reports and share their findings. Together with leading child protection professionals, they will identify good and promising practices. Based on this, representatives of each country will develop action plans to improve child protection quality mechanisms in their country.
Further, the experience of two countries will be explored: Serbia’s minimum standards for working with refugees and migrants, based largely on the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action; and Bulgaria’s child-centred monitoring system as a response to raising the quality of childcare. “The existing ordinance for criteria and standards for social services for children have to be updated and should address the main quality principles, related to the contextual aspects, process of service delivery and benefits/outcomes for clients”, says Natalia Guerassimova Hristova, the author of the Bulgarian research paper. During the conference we will tackle one of the main challenges of any child protection system: how to ensure children’s participation in monitoring quality of services.
The host country of the conference will be represented by Jezerca Tigani, Terre des hommes Country Representative in Albania and Kosovo, joined by key actors in Child Protection System of Albania and the region, such as Sasa Stefanovic, Director of Network of Children’s Organizations of Serbia, Maia Banarescu, Ombudsperson for Children’s Rights in Moldova, Miroslava Kharchenko, representative of Ombudsman’s Office in Ukraine, and Fitore Rexhaj representing the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare of Kosovo.
About ChildHub: The Child Protection Hub was initiated by a group of organisations from nine countries from South East Europe and the wider European region. As a professional community, we strive for a safe, nurturing and inclusive environment for all children. We have come together to realise this ambitious project in order to provide child protection professionals with tools for working and developing, space for constant learning and communication and with an opportunity to become a part of a strong regional community of practice. https://childhub.org
The project is coordinated by Terre des hommes Regional Office for Eastern Europe (Budapest) and implemented through partners in 8 countries: Terre des hommes (Moldova, Albania, Kosovo, and Romania), Brave Phone (Croatia), Know How Centre for Alternative Care for Children (Bulgaria), The Center for Youth Integration (Serbia), Save the Children North West Balkans (Bosnia and Herzegovina).
About Terre des hommes: Terre des hommes is the leading Swiss child relief agency. Founded in 1960, we are committed to improving the lives of millions of the world's most vulnerable children. Through our innovative protection and health projects, we provide assistance to over three million children and their families in almost forty countries each year. In Europe, Terre des hommes has operational programmes in Albania, Kosovo, Moldova, Romania, and Ukraine. We also work together with partners to create regional projects and develop transnational solutions, such as ChildHub. www.tdh.ch, http://tdh-europe.org/
For more information:
Judit Nemeth-Almasi, Deputy Delegate, Terre des hommes Regional Office for Eastern Europe, email@example.com, +36 1 266 5922, + 36 30 9333 741