Building a Child Protection System that works for every child in Albania

22 January 2019
UNICEF/Albania/Terre des hommes

17 January 2019- Over 15 senior child protection specialists are learning through an intensive training course how to better support child protection system workers in Albania who are helping children and families affected by violence, abuse and exploitation. “Child Protection and Social Workers are the engine of the child protection system. This course is designed to make sure that best local experts in the country are equipped with most advanced knowledge and skills to help their colleagues and ultimately all children in need of protection” said David Gvineria, Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF Albania.

"This in -service training program for child welfare workers is the largest capacity building  tool developed by Terre des hommes and Social Work Department of Tirana University supported by UNICEF which lays down the basis of the continuous education for this workforce aiming for more qualitative services for children” said Alketa Lasku, Country Director, Terre des hommes Albania.

Since 2017, there is a new legal provision in place, requiring all child protection workers to have social work education and they must be available in each administrative unit where 3,000 or more children are residing. Unfortunately, this is not yet the case in many places across the country. The event is part of the broader work led by Terre des hommes Mission in Albania, with the technical and financial support from UNICEF Albania and is implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, State Agency for Child rights and Protection and Tirana University Faculty of Social Sciences/ Department of Social Work and Social Policies.

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