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With more children than ever now engaging online, it is vital that they are both protected and enabled to engage safely.
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Community Care reports on Isabelle Trowler’s (Chief social worker for children) and Yvette Stanley’s (national director for social care at Ofsted) opinion on the review of the children’s social care system led by Josh MacAlister.
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According to children's rights advocates, new legislation aimed at placing children with foster families will not bring about real change.
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The Council of Europe is working on a new Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2022-2027) and is looking for consultants worldwide to help their work by provisioning it and consulting children in chosen member States.
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Covid-19 has had uneven and unequal impacts on living standards: on the one hand, average household spending has fallen during the Covid-19 pandemic, driven by lower expenditure on leisure activities, meals out and commuting costs.
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According to the report (Injustice or In Justice: Children in the Justice System) by Anne Longfield, in the last ten years the number of children receiving a caution, or a sentence has fallen by 83% and the number of children in custody has fallen by 73% in England, which is stil
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A  study, carried out by Nuffield Family Justice Observatory and King’s College London, shows that many parents are concerned about the safety of online remote child protection meetings and feel that it has made it harder for them to participate. 
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The news website, Dnevnik, reported that prolonged isolation due to COVID restrictions, and the economic consequences the pandemic has had for families has created various typ
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Community Care reports on local authorities’ failure to provide support for parents with learning disabilities in court cases in time. This tendency is confirmed by the Working Together with Parents Network (WTPN).
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Thanks to the joint efforts of UNICEF, the EU Delegation to Montenegro, the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, national and local authorities, the Parliament of Montenegro, civil society, media, academia and the international community, the number of children placed in institutions in Montene
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The Court of Appeal finds the Department for Education’s (DfE) actions against the coronavirus pandemic unlawful for not consulting the children’s rights organizations.
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County Council’s Network published their review on the consequences of Coronavirus on the operation of children’s social services. The Network saw a 15% rise in referrals made in July, August and September — the first three months following the first lockdown.
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This report calls for the Gambling Act to be reviewed and the in-game money transactions be considered as gambling.
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The Children's Law Centre's Rachel Hogan gave evidence to the committee via video call
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The Family safeguarding model pioneered in Hertfordshire (later included Bracknell Forest, Luton, Peterborough and West Berkshire) combines specialist adult professionals with a background in domestic abuse, mental health or substance abuse with integrated within children's safeg
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This assessment, led by Columbia University’s Care and Protection of Children (CPC) Learning Network with the support of the Child Protection Area of Responsibility (CP AoR) Localisation Initiative, examines to what extent the CP AoR’s approach and subsequent initiatives undertaken in the
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On the occasion of World Poverty Day on 17 October, UNICEF is calling for child poverty reduction to be an urgent national priority in Montenegro now and a pillar of its development strategy in the long run.
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Questions have been raised by the report of the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) about the government decision on protecting vulnerable children affected by Covid-19. The highlighted issues by the committee:
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Regional social policy experts from the Future of the Welfare State in the Western Balkans Network, Prof Gordana Matkovic, PhD, and Paul Stubbs, PhD, prepared the regional study "Social Protection in the Western Balkan
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New figure from the children's commissioner reported that one in eight chidlren in care spent time in unregulated accomodations such as hostels, caravans and tents.  These kids are mostly at the age of 16 or 17, but in 2018/9 more than 600 children were under 16.
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Following its flagship campaign to reform child protection and develop family and community based care for children in alternative care under the Opening Doors for Europe’s Children campaign, Eurochild continues to drive reforms with the suppor
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The range of services aimed to support young people at risk of becoming homeless are lacking according to a new research by charity Homeless Link. 
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The importance of integrating data between social and health care is unquestionable. Liquidlogic works closely with System C, Graphnet, EMIS Health, Healthcare Gateway, Orion, Cerner and others to provide interfaces to health systems and deliver their benefits.
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New research conducted by Time to Change, run by organizations including Mind and Rethink Mental Illness found that almost half of teenagers of school-age (11 to 18-year-old) are "concerned about the impact of returning to education on their mental health".
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Regional social policy experts of the Future of the Welfare State in the Western Balkans network, prof Gordana Matkovic, PhD and Paul Stubbs, PhD prepared this study, with the support of
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On Thursday, Ilir Meta, the President of Albania, has called for better policies against sexual violence and exploitation of children. He has called for a more comprehensive legal framework in order to stop the abuse as well. 
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SOS Hotline for Women and Children Victims of Violence Nikšić is organising the First National Webinar in the framework of the project "Improving the provision of services and raising awareness to combat trafficking in human beings in the Balkans, Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kos
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A study on social workers' experiences during the pandemic was released this week. It was found that social workers who were part of the study, had all kept the distance when entering family homes.
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The National Network for Children (Bulgaria) shared the opinion of former Constitutional Court Judge Rumen Nenkov (originally published in Defakto.bg) regar
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ChildPact is pleased to invite you to take part to the “Regional Conference: Child protection in time of pandemics.
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The Public Education Act in Hungary has been modified to establish a new institution, the school guard, whose duty it is to ensure the safety of schoolteachers. According to the government, this was necessary due to a recent series of difficulties that pedagogues have had to face.
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The Coalition of NGOs for the Protection of Children in Kosovo - KOMF has published the Monitoring Report "My Municipality, My Social Right" on the process of decentralization of social services in Kosovo.
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The research was prepared by The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and focuses on child sexual abuse in ethnic minority communities.
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On 20 May 2020, the European Commission presented its country-specific recommendations (CSRs) providing policy guidance to EU Member States.
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Schools play a key part in keeping children safe, and tend to be a source of many referrals to Children's Social Care. In this evaluation three pilot projects which embedded social workers in schools were considered.
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Youth services are doing everything they can to help young people in need during the Covid-19 pandemic. They are especially focused on alleviating some of the impact on young people’s mental health:
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As COVID-19 continues to spread across Europe, it brings havoc and devastation to people’s lives, exposing weaknesses in European healthcare systems, and intensifies social inequalities.
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'What Works for Children’s Social Care' collaborated with Cardiff University to explore how ‘devolved budgets’ might be used by social workers to provide resources to families and reduce the need for care.
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Bright Spots is a partnership research programme between Coram Voice and the Rees Centre at the University of Oxford, which works with local authorities across the county to understand the experience of children in care and care leavers.
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Regional social service and child protection authorities take care of those children whose parents were taken to the hospital with coronavirus, and who do not have any other relatives who could take care of them.
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In their joint statement, the Georgian Social Worker`s Union is expressing serious concerns regarding street children in light of the current pandemic situation.
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An unfortunate situation turned into a success story between a social worker and her service user in Suffolk, United Kingdom.
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There is a council in the UK where the councillor, a clinical commissioning group and other agencies are working together to identify and support children dealing with mental health problems. Bexley is delivering excellent services with compassion to help and protect children in need.
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On February 13, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child published its report on the situation of children’s rights in Hungary between the period of 2014 and 2019.
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Vatican News has announced the establishment of a child protection body aiming to support the Episcopal Conferences in creating new guidelines to safeguard minors.
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Horrifying photos taken at a public institution that is supposed to care for disabled children outside of Sarajevo have recently been published. The photos show children with their hands bound together and tied to radiators.
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The very first measurement have done by the governments during COVID-19 outbreak is to shift from on-site education to online and sending the pupils home as soon as possible, however not every education sector can shift to it that easily.
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Today’s child protection practices are rooted in initiatives like the child rescue movement and voluntary agencies that started in the 19th century and provided support for children in need.
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The Coalition of NGOs for the Protection of Children in Kosovo (KOMF) held a national conference to launch a report on the impact of the decentralization process on social services in Kosovo.
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On 29th January 2020, the Alliance for investing in Children Italia held a high-level conference in Rom
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Eurochild reported that over 60 Bulgarian civil society organisations (CSOs) called on six EU Commissioners in a letter to urge the Bulgarian government to effectively act against hate campaigns which question the need for civil society organisations.
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Around two-thirds of all child sexual abuse is committed by a family member.
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"Children are now more aware of their own mental health, and much more prepared to discuss it. This is very welcome. But children are also aware of how hard it is to get help, for them or for their friends.
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More than three dozen mothers are wondering about their children’s place of residence. A mother told in a phone interview that she gave birth in September and the doctors said her baby was dead, but she never saw any evidence to prove it.
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Hundreds of people signed an online campaign and letter to highlight the most harmful aspects of today’s public care system in the UK:
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The Ministry of Labour and Social Policy (MLSP) sent their views on the findings of the Disability Rights International report, which was presented last week, to news website Dnevnik.
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The Convention of the rights of the child was born 30 years ago and The European Parliament organised a conference with international human rights bodies and society actors to build a stronger cooperation and to improve the child rights protection.
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Situational Analysis is an analytical narrative report on the rights and well-being of children in Serbia.
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Since 2013, Hungary has had strict punishments in place for domestic violence; in more severe cases, abusers can receive up to five years in prison.
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Katalin Novák, Minister of State for Family, Youth and International Affairs, shared some details about the new child protection strategy in Hungary, which mainly focuses on the dangers of the digital environment.
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The Bulgarian National Radio shared their interview with Radostina Antonova from the Know-How Center for Alternative Care for Children at NBU, discussing the process of deinstitutionalization in Bulgaria, the foundation of family-type homes for abandoned children, as well as reducing the number o
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Growing inequality affects children’s access to healthcare and education; poverty continues to remain persistently high among children (24%), compared to the adult population (22%).
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Under the leadership of the WHO, international child welfare organisations have been searching for interventions which would be the most effective in ending violence against children.
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Eurochild’s member, the National Federation of Association for Child Protection – CNAPE, welcomes the new national strategy on child protection, in particular the measures on prevention and protection
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Assess the progress of EU Member States in implementing the European Commission ‘Recommendation on Investing in Children: Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage’ and the ‘European Pillar of Social Rights’ (particularly Principle 11). Evaluate the extent to whic
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This statistical publication provides the latest information on children referred to children’s social care, assessments carried out upon those children and whether a child became the subject of a child protection plan.
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There is a strong link between a harmful childhood and physical and mental health. The negative effects of abuse and neglect can somewhat be reversed if children receive secure, loving care in a stable home environment.
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In France, more than 220,000 women suffer abuse from their partner each year, and one woman dies every three days as a result of domestic violence. The French National Assembly voted to approve, among other things, a bracelet that would protect women from their violent partner.
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Like all socialist countries in the former Soviet bloc, Bulgaria developed a state-based child care system in the second half of the 20th century.
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‘Innovative Programme’, funded by the British government is designed to help support families where children are at risk of going into care bec
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A summary has been published to answer the question: what are some of the elements of a healing environment for children who have experienced trauma?
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Romania is set to implement a national IT system for child adoptions, the country's government announced on 17 September. The project, which costs around 9.7 million euros, is part of Romania's 2020 National Digital Agenda Strategy.
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In Hungary, each week a woman dies by the hand of her partner or ex-partner. Statistics on Parlament.hu shows that:
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In 2015, the government of Finland changed the Act on Early Childhood Education and Care, enabling municipalities to restrict the individual entitlement to early childhood education and care to 20 hours per week.
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Can we apply restorative jus
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We are sharing this edited video from the second monthly discussion meeting of the Know How Center for the Alternative Care for Children, NBU on "Multidisciplinary wor
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Chief Prosecutor Bogdan Licu ordered an investigation into the case of child removal in Baia de Arama in the county of Mehedinti, which shows that a Craiova prosecutor, accompanied by masked law enforcement officers, pullan 8-year-old girl out to give her to an adoptive American family.
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 "The Safer Schools” is a new application launched in more than 13,000 schools in the UK with the aim to educate, empower, protect children from online risks and give parents, teachers, and children the tools to identify, prevent and reduce the effects of online child abuse.  According to, Press
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On 29 May, a conference was held in Bosnia and H
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Milan Šveřepa, the co-chair of the European Expert Group
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A campaign by charities in the UK has emphasized the importance of a coordinated response for vulnerable young people aged 16–17.
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The West Africa Network for the Protection of Children (WAN), in collaboration with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has started a process of stakeholder deliberations aim at adopting and promoting the new West Africa Signage of Child protection in Ghana and in the sub-region.
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A multidisciplinary team of researchers from the Know-How Centre for Alternative Care for Children with experience in direct field work and in research of the process of deinstitutionalization of child care - Borislava Mecheva, Valentina Bizheva, Galina Markova, Evgenia Toneva, Lyubomir Dzhalev,
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In the light of the ongoing reform of The Vulnerable Witnesses (Criminal Evidence)
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Croatia has updated its Action Plan on Dei
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According to the official website - www.mmuncii.ro, Ministry of Labour published in a public debate a project to change and complete the law 272/2004 on the protection and promotion of children's rights.
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“Opening Doors” reports that Austria has a well-established social welfare system but still faces some obstacles concerning deinstitutionalisation and child justice.
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According to “Opening Doors”, Bulgaria is a precursor Member State regarding policies and reforms in the children welfare system leading to deinstitutionalisation, mainly through its plan to achieve a full transition from institutional to family and community-based care by 2025.
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“Opening Doors” brings to attention the lack of commitment of the Romanian administration regarding the process of deinstitutionalisation of children social and welfare system, especially due to the delays in the allocation EU funds and the lack of will to promote EU calls for funding the needed
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“Opening Doors” reported that Poland was identified by the European Commission as one of the EU Member States that presents a specific need for reforms of deinstitutionalisation in its children social and welfare system.
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Portal Cafe del Montenegro reported that the National SOS Children's Line has been launched in Montenegro.
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Deputies voted unanimously to adopt amendments to the Penal Code that criminalize all forms of domestic violence in Bulgaria. Despite the rejection of the Istanbul Convention, the government has focused on more than a dozen rules to combat domestic violence.
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On the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, the Network of Organizations for Children of Serbia reminds that close to 400,000 children are at risk of poverty.
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From October to March 2019, Terre des hommes will take over the Secretariat of the Regional Working Group for the Protection of Children.
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"Children undergoing legal procedures are particularly vulnerable," said Valeri Yordanov, Deputy Chairperson of the State Agency for Child Protection in Bulgaria, at a conference on "Professionalization of Social and Educational Interventions in the Field of Justice for Children: Challenges and O
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The first meeting of the working group for early development of children, a special body of the Children's Rights Council of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, was held on 15.10.2018. in Belgrade.
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The Government's Baby Box initiative is a pilot national project aimed to provide the social protection of families with children and support for the development of responsible parenthood, which was launched on September 1, 2018.
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The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has improved the legal mechanism of social protection of children in difficult living conditions.
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Cafe del Montenegro reports that a new support service, a shelter for children victims of family violence will be opened by the end of October 2018 at the Children's Home "Mladost" in Bijela, in the municipality of Herceg Novi.
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The National Network for Children Bulgaria reported that during a press conference at the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy there was a report of progress in the preparation of a new social services law.
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The family is a natural place for the growth and development of a child, and parents are the ones who should primarily provide care and protection.
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The Bulgarian ombudsman Maya Manolova commented that in 2021 a new state body will replace the Agency for Social Assistance, the National Network for Children shared.
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The mobile operator "Kyivstar" in coordination with the National Police of Ukraine will expand the scope of the joint social project "Search for children." Its opera
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From September 1, Ukrainian families will receive a set of 25 necessary things for newborns at the birth of a child.
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UNICEF  in Serbia is seeking qualified Consultant for Protection of children from violence and social inclusion of children with disabilities.
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The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine will consider 7 draft laws on the child protection. 3 bills of them will be considered at the parliamentary session:
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UNICEF in Serbia is seeking a Consultant to support the Serbian Ombudsman in preparation of the Special Report on the Status of Children for the period of 2017-mid 2018.
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The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers has issued new recommendations for community members on how to protect the rights of children in the digital environme
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An international conference was held at the Faculty of Political Science on May 18th 2018, as part of the Erasmus + project "Improving the protection and well-being of children in Europe: Enhancing the curriculum".
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On Friday, April 20th, 2018, a conference titled "Starting the process of drafting the Strategy for Social Protection in the Republic of Serbia" was held in Belgrad
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After the qualitative study on street situations children (CSS) in Moldova, carried out in autumn 2017, Tdh Moldova continues its work in this area, inviting Professor Daniel Stoecklin, child protection expert from Switzerland, to hold a special training in Chisinau on the protection of C
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On April 17th, 2018, a new European Commission report on Serbia's progress in Euro-integration was presented. The purpose of the report, which relates to the period from the end of 2016 to the beginning of 2018, is to assess the implementation of reforms on the way to EU membership.
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The National Network for Children announced that at the international conference "A Safe Future for Women - A Safe Future for All", the justice ministry has suggested that there should be punishments for mental abuse.
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In the campaign "I'm not a problem, I have a problem", a gathering took place at a Café bar "16" in Belgrade.