Social workers learn to fight violence against children effectively
Podgorica, 25-29 November 2013 - More than 20 professionals from the centres for social work in Montenegro completed training to develop skills and respond adequately to the situations of violence, abuse and neglect against children.
A survey conducted by UNICEF in 2013 showed that one in ten Montenegrin citizens knows either a child or an adult who was a victim of sexual abuse in childhood, while one in three knows a child who was a victim of violence at school. Therefore, the aim of the training is to raise capacities of the professionals from the centres for social work to adequately respond to the situations of abuse and neglect of children, as well as to effectively participate in further development and strengthening of intersectoral cooperation on this issue.
“We have already formed municipal multidisciplinary teams which are coordinated mostly by the centres for social work. This training will most certainly contribute to enriching the contents of work of these multidisciplinary teams. It will also help connect all relevant institutions as per the laws and bylaws which Montenegro adopted for solving of this issue,” Esad Plunac, pedagogue in the Centre for social work in Rožaje said.
The main topics of the training were related to the centres for social work interventions in the area of protection of children from abuse and neglect, child protection proceedings before the court, as well as to the strengthening of the intersectoral cooperation on this issue.
“The training is completely in line with the regulations from the Law on Family Violence, the Family Law and the Law on Social and Child Protection. It is very important to empower people with the necessary knowledge and equipment in order for them to perform these difficult tasks better,” the trainer Nevenka Zegarac said.
The training was organized by the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, with the professional and technical support from UNICEF. This training is one of a series of educational activities initiated by UNICEF with the aim of developing skills and improving standards of services for protection of children from the violence, abuse and neglect.