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Presentations - Day II


Day 2 - Exchanging interesting emerging good practices to prevent baby abandonment and the placement of children below the age of three in institutions

Session 5 - Preventing family separation

Chair: Ms. Gordana Matkovic, Director of Social Policy Studies at the Centre for Liberal Democratic Studies, Belgrade, Republic of Serbia, former Minister of Social Welfare in the Republic of Serbia 2000-04


  • Georgia (Mr. Irakli Nadareishvili, Deputy Minister of Labor, Health and Social Affairs)
  • The Republic of Serbia (Ms. Brankica Jankovic, State Secretary, Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Policy
  • The Republic of Croatia (Ms. Danica Kramaric, Head of the Sector for Health Promotion and Protection in the Department for Health Protection, Ministry of Health)

Impact of socio-economic support to families for preventing placement of children in institutions and support to parents with children in institutions to reintegrate them - by Mr. Abdulkadir Kaya, Child Services Director General, Ministry of Family and Social Affairs, The Republic of Turkey

Early Intervention: From Theory to Practice, and Social Care Perspective by Mr. Paul Martin, former Chief Social Services Adviser to the N.Ireland Government - EU Twinning Adviser to the State Agency for Child Protection in Bulgaria

Expert Commentary and Conclusions

Session 6 – Progress and lessions learned from child protection system

Chair: Ms. Georgette Mulheir, Chief Executive, Lumos


  • The Republic of Kazakhstan (Ms. Svetlana Dzhalmagambetova, Senator, Social and Cultural Development Committee, Senate of the Parliament)
  • Republic of Belarus (Mr. Viktor Yakzhik, Deputy Minister of Education)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina (Mr. Damir Dizdarevic, Assistant Minister for Labour, Employment and Social Protection, Ministry of Civil Affairs)
  • The Republic of Uzbekistan

Session 7 - Progress and lessons learned from changes of practice within the health and early education sectors

Chair: Ms. Ilgi Ertem, Professor of Pediatrics, Ankara University, Republic of Turkey


  • The Republic of Armenia (Mr. Artem Asatryan, Minister of Labour and Social Issues)
  • The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (Mr. Spiro Ristovski, Minister of Labour and Social Policy)
  • Montenegro (Ms. Remzija Ademovic, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Welfare)

«KuanSabi» - Reinforcing the role of PHC workers and parents in care for young children by Ms. Azhar Tulegalieva, Head of Medical Assistance Department, Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Belarus system of detection, intervention, care and rehabilitation of children under three with special needs to prevent their abandonment and institutionalization by Ms. Elena Bogdan, Chief of the Department of Rendering Medical Care to Mothers and Children, Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus

Lessons learned from health visiting services in the United Kingdom by Ms. Pauline Watts, Professional officer for health visiting of the UK Department of Health 

Cooperation between health and social protection ministries in preventing child mortality and preventing institutionalization of children by Ms.Valentina Buliga, Minister of Labor, Family and Social Protection of the Republic of Moldova

Planning and developing of a regional network of child and family to support multi-agency services in communities with high rate of institutionalization of children below three years by Ms. Darinka Yankova, Deputy Chairperson of the State Agency for Child Protection, Republic of Bulgaria

Progress of de-institutionalization and lessons learned for wider social policies by Mr. Irakli Nadareishvili, Deputy Minister of Labor, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia

Session 8 - Diversifying services at the local level 

Chair: Ms. Vesna Bosnjak, Senior Expert on Child Care System Reform for UNICEF in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States


  • Romania (Ms. Denisa Oana Patrascu, Secretary of State, Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Protection)
  • The Republic of Azerbaijan (Ms. Sadagat Gakhramanova, Deputy Chairperson of the State Committee on Family, Women and Children's Affairs)
  • The Republic of Albania (Mr. Kastriot Sulka, Deputy Minister of Labor, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities)
  • Turkmenistan (Mr. Geldimamet Geldimamedov, Deputy Minister of Education)

Roles and accountabilities at local level: Planning services for prevention of separation of children from families by Ms. Denisa Oana Pătraşcu, Secretary of State, Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Protection, Romania

Preventing Baby Abandonment: Establishment of Social Mother and Child Centres by Mr. Ruslan Kolbasa, Director of the Department of Children and Families, Ministry of Social Policy, Ukraine

Expert commentary and conclusions

Session 9 - Concluding remarks 

Mr. Totyu Mladenov, Minister of Labour and Social Policy of the Republic of Bulgaria

Ms. Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF Regional Director



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