Presentations from Working Group 3: Family and Child Support Services

WG 3: Family and Child Support Services

South East Europe Consultation
Reform of the child care system: Taking stock and accelerating action
3 - 4 July 2007

Facilitator / Chairperson: Mr. PAUL STUBBS, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Economics, Zagreb
Technical Resource Person: Ms. ANGELA PUDAR, Programme Manager Bosnia, Save the Children UK
Rapporteur: Ms. KENDRA GREGSON, Child Protection Officer, UNICEF Georgia

Topic I: Prevention of Child Abandonment and Family Re-integration of Institutionalized Children

Ms. RODICA PISLARU, Counselor, National Authority for the Protection of Children’s Rights, Romania: Prevention of child abandonment - keys to success, lessons learnt and challenges.

Mr. LJUBO LEPIR, Assistant  Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina: Early identification and intervention to prevent institutionalization of children with disabilities - changes in the organization and work of existing services.

Ms. JULIA DOWN, Hopes and Homes, Programme in Bosnia and Herzegovina : Preparation of a family and of a child/young person for family reintegration as an empowering process  - characteristics and methods of a personalized approach.

Topic II: Community Based Services for Children and/or Families at Risk
Ms. SUSANA SAQIKI and MR. GEORGE MUKKATH, Everychild UK, Programme in Albania: Multidisciplinary intervention in response to the needs of different groups of children at risk.

Mr. LJUBOMIR  PEJAKOVIC, Special Advisor, Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, Republic of Serbia: The Protocols on joint action on abuse/violence against children - practice at the local level and the role of different professionals in their implementation.

Ms. BRANKA  LAKOCEVIC, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Justice, Montenegro: Mediation of family disputes as a tool for conflict resolution in family law matters.

Ms. SLOBODANKA LAZOVA-ZDRAVKOVSKA, Head, Unit for Protection and Employment of Persons with Disabilities, FYR Macedonia: Providing support to parents, preventing institutionalization and facilitating family re-integration through day care for children with disabilities.

Topic III: Non-Governmental Organizations and the Private Sector as Service Providers

Ms. NELLY  PETROVA, Executive Director, Social Activities and Practices Institute, Bulgaria:  The strengths and weaknesses of NGOs as service providers and the role of municipal authorities and statutory services in facilitating and enabling their work.

Mr. DEYAN KOLEV, Chairman, Center “Amalipe”, Bulgaria: Preventing placements of children in special education institutions.

Ms. ANGELA PUDAR, Programme Manager Bosnia, Save the Children UK: Shortcomings in the collaboration between statutory bodies deciding on placement and service providers - regulations and other incentives to ensure prioritization of referred cases.

Ms. GORDANA MATKOVIC, Director of Social Policy Studies, Centre for Liberal Democratic Studies, Republic of Serbia: Non-conventional funding for NGO-local government partnerships - from transitional financial arrangements to regular financing of alternative services.





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