Unifying practices, knowledge and skills to better respond to child protection concerns in Albania
Tirana, 5 November 2019- Today an agreement between the Albanian School for Public Administration (ASPA) along with UNICEF and Terre des Hommes is signed to institutionalize the Child Protection training curricula for Child Protection Workers.
The curriculum will become obligatory as an in-service training requirement for all Child Protection Workers of Albania and as such will reinforce the sustainable approach to building a solid child protection system in the country.
“The Ministry of Health and Social Protection has shown strong leadership in strengthening the Child Protection System and willingness to take the already available strong legal framework to the level of its urgent implementation. Close cooperation between the State Agency for Child Rights and Protection with development partners and civil society organizations in the process has proven to be vital and we are pleased to expand it now to working closely with ASPA.” – said Dr. Roberto de Bernardi, UNICEF Representative in Albania.
In Albania, there are 236 child protection workers, but most of them, are not social workers by education and often lack adequate hands-on training. And yet, these workers are playing an important role in the protection of children from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org/albania.