25 April 2024

Supporting protection and integration of children and families in migration in Croatia​

The fundamentals, The war against Ukraine which started in February 2022 triggered one of the fastest-growing humanitarian emergencies in Europe in recent history. Most of the affected population are women and children, as well as older people and people with disabilities. The Government of Croatia granted temporary protection status to Ukrainian refugees initially…, child protection icon Child protection and integration, Children are accommodated without anamnesis, personal documents and documents related to education, and due to agitation and exhaustion, they often do not know where they are.  Moreover, many of them leave the service provider soon after the accommodation service terminates due to inconsistencies in the reception and integration system (Deep Dive…, Obrazovanje Inclusion in education system, Difficulties in inclusion in the educational system are continuously noted, especially for children of high school age. The issue is the unpreparedness of educational institutions to work with children from the migrant population, insufficient engagement of guardians, organization, and division of responsibilities of guardians and service…, infant icon Early childhood development, The early childhood period, spanning from birth to eight years old, is a critical phase for a child's holistic development, encompassing their physical, cognitive, social, and emotional growth. However, service providers often face a shortage of resources and expertise to tackle the cultural and linguistic diversity of migrant children and to…, monitoring icon Collection of data on UASC, The problem of a lack of centralised collection of data on unaccompanied and separated children is still present. Although there is an exchange of data from the line ministries and service providers, the data differs across and within sectors. Improvement in this area would allow insight into the exact number of unaccompanied and separated…, The objective, Children and families in migration, including refugees from Ukraine in Croatia and unaccompanied and separated children (UASC), are integrated into the Croatian national systems, have their needs timely assessed and met through effective access to integrated and high-quality protection, mental health and psychosocial support, integration measures…, Desired outcomes of the programme, All migrant children, adolescents, and their families have their needs timely assessed and met through:  access to high-quality guardianship, best interest assessment, case management, provision of the family- and community-based services and monitoring     access to integrated provision of mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS)    access…, Direct beneficiaries, It is expected that the activities within the programme in Croatia will directly reach more than:   6.900 migrant children who will benefit from timely received support and services       700 unaccompanied and separated children who will receive individual case management and community-based services      1.000 children and caregivers who will…, Partners, The Ministry of the Interior, will support the implementation of program activities to strengthen the capacity of frontline workers in reception centers for families and children, including unaccompanied children and separated children seeking international protection., The Ministry of Labour, Pension System, Family and Social Policy, will help ensure the implementation of programme activities as well as ensure the sustainability of all capacity-building interventions through the Social Welfare Academy and Croatian Institute for Social Work established in January 2023., The Croatian Institute for Social Work, is responsible for the implementation of programme activities related to the improved access to high-quality guardianship (identification, appointment, and monitoring), best interest assessment, case management, provision of the family- and community-based services and monitoring., The Faculty of Law of the University of Zagreb, is responsible for strengthening the capacities of professionals in the social welfare system on a child's best interest assessment and guardianship based on the analysis of legal framework of protection and guardianship of unaccompanied and separated children., The Ministry of Science and Education, plays a crucial role in sharing information about the integration needs of schools and students in migration, including children from Ukraine. The learnings from the programme will inform the Ministry’s guidance for the integration of students in migration, including those from Ukraine when it comes to teaching, assessment, social integration, and…, The National Centre for the External Evaluation of Education, will conduct a standardised assessment of the level of the Croatian language knowledge of students in migration as well as Ukrainian students enrolled in Croatian schools., The Education and Teacher Training Agency, is a key partner in helping develop adapted curricula for Ukrainian students., The Center for Provision of Community-based Services Zagreb-Dugave, is responsible for the implementation of programme activities relating to improved family-based and community-based services, also ensuring key supplies, services and leisure time activities for unaccompanied and separated children., The Society for Psychosocial Assistance and Brave Phone for Children, are responsible for the implementation of programme activities relating to ensuring access to mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) services., The Forum for Freedom in Education, will provide support to schools and teachers to improve their teaching and assessment practices when there are curricular and language barriers., The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, of the University of Zagreb, will be responsible for the development of e-learning programs for educators and other professionals. These programs will be designed to ensure the well-being of migrant children and provide them with the best opportunities for growth and learning across the educational system. The aim is to create a holistic approach to education that benefits…, Roda – Parents in Action, will focus on improving access to information for parents/caregivers of young children from Ukraine and those in migration. This is not the first cooperation between SEM and UNICEF – in 2023, the " Supporting integration of refugee and migrant children in host EU countries Supporting integration of refugee and migrant children in host EU countries…