29 September 2023

Assessing disability of children

This report  describes the disability assessment systems in the five countries, identifies potentially transferable best practices, general and specific observations about practices, and, finally, provides recommendations for technical guidance and further disability assessment system reform in the region and beyond. Specifically, this report:   examines the extent to which disability assessment system reform in five countries has led to understanding of disability in line with human rights-based approach to disability, improved assessment of individual child needs and the extent it has contributed to effective policy and service planning and provision for children with disabilities and families, examines the extent to which the use of ICF in disability assessment, certification and eligibility determination has facilitated a transition from medical towards a human-rights based approach to disability inclusion, examines the extent to which disability assessment reform has contributed to a common understanding of disability and strengthened cross-­sectoral collaboration, particularly in the context of de-institutionalization and transition to family and community-based care, early identification, and response to risks of family separation, family support (and reintegration) services, gate-keeping system (decision-making in the best interest of the child), promoting case management, examines the extent to which it has led to systemic transformation (human and financial resources, capacity building, legislation), and provides a synthesis of the key findings and recommendations for future reforms.
15 November 2022

A Mother and baby corner - a place of health and serenity

EU Health programme With funding from the European Union (EU) ‘RM Child-Health Initiative’, UNICEF and its partners have supported the health and wellbeing of refugee and migrant children and their families in Serbia. As the initiative draws to a close, we look back at some highlights since its launch in 2020.   , 2020: A Mother and baby corner - a place of health and serenity, We met Sharife, [1] a mother of four, at the Mother and Baby Corner (MBC) in Belgrade, run by the humanitarian organization ADRA [2] , with support from UNICEF through the ‘RM Child-Health’ Initiative. Her youngest son, Shahir Milos, was 18 months old and was born with congenital heart disease. Here at the MBC, she could spend time in a safe space…, 2021: Reflections on the risks of alcohol and substance abuse among young refugees and migrants in Serbia, In 2021, Jelena Vasic, MD, trainee in child psychiatry at the Institute of Mental Health (Clinic for Children and Youth) in Belgrade, shared her personal impressions of cutting-edge research on substance abuse among children and youth from refugee and migrant communities. The co-funded ‘RM Child-Health’ Initiative was supporting work by UNICEF…, 2022: Building trust and a new generation of frontline workers, “Just today we talked about how to cope with stress. We also learn how to recognize violence. Now we know that it's not always physical and visible, that it can also be psychological.”  Mahdieh, [i] aged 35, from Iraqi Kurdistan, at the Reception Centre in Vranje, Serbia  , Building trust, With support from the ‘RM Child-Health’ initiative, UNICEF’s partner Info Park organizes workshops at its safe space for women and girls at the Reception Centre in Vranje, Serbia. Milica and Aleksandra from Info Park provide support and referrals for their physical health but psychosocial support is often the priority. “They’re often withdrawn,…, Building a new generation of frontline workers, As well as enhancing the skills of today’s frontline workers, like Milica, the ‘RM Child-Health’ Initiative is looking ahead to support the training of those who will work with refugee and migrant children in the future. Students are now enrolling in the Protection of Children Affected by Migration course at the Faculty of Political Sciences in…, Taking stock of the ‘RM Child-Health’ Initiative in Serbia, 2036 refugee and migrant children were reached with community-based psychosocial support activities – more than 4 times the number originally targeted for the Initiative. 828 refugee and migrant children were reached with gender-based violence (GBV) prevention activities and response services – more than 1.5 times the number originally targeted.…