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Children cooperate best with those who respect them

PLJEVLJA, 27 April 2017 – By organizing a public talk on the relationship between children and parents, Municipality of Pljevlja, like many others all over the country, joined the “End Violence” campaign.

Research conducted last year by UNICEF reveals that Montenegro has a high degree of tolerance for violence against children.

Mayor of Pljevlja Mirko Đačić speaking at the public talk on children and parents organized in Pljevlja within the #EndViolence campaign in April 2017 - UNICEF Montenegro/Duško Miljanić/2017

Mayor of Pljevlja Mirko Đačić warned that children in the northern region of Montenegro are more exposed to physical punishment than the children in other parts of the country. He said that the Municipality of Pljevlja would support any campaign aimed at reducing violence against children.

“It is our duty to support these activities in order to create an environment in which nobody will approach the task of raising children in this manner as soon as possible”, said Đačić.

UNICEF Representative to Montenegro Benjamin Perks reminded of the consequences of physical punishment and neglect of children.

Citizens of Pljevlja participating in the public talk on parenting organized within the #EndViolence campaign in April 2017 - UNICEF Montenegro/Duško Miljanić/2017

“Scientific findings warn us that adverse childhood experiences lead to worse outcomes in life in terms of health, education and employment, often leading to behaviour problems and the risk of falling into crime and violence”, said Perks, adding that parental love to children was effective only if expressed through respect and love.

Similarly, a representative of the NGO “Association of Psychologists” pointed out that cooperation was the key to successful parenting.

“The essence of parenting is learning to cooperate. Children, like adults, cooperate best with those who treat them with kindness and respect”, said Dragana Šljukić from the NGO “Association of Psychologists”, underlining the benefits of counselling centres and parenting schools in local communities.

Kristina Mihailović, Executive Director of the Association Parents, speaking at the public talk on parenting organized within the #EndViolence campaign - UNICEF Montenegro/Duško Miljanić/2017

Since February 2017, parents throughout Montenegro have been provided with the opportunity to use a free, national SOS phone line. It was established by the NGO “Parents” within the End Violence campaign initiated by the Government of Montenegro and UNICEF. Executive Director of this NGO Kristina Mihailović reminded that by dialling 080 888 888 parents can share their concerns about raising children with psychologists and social workers every working day.

“We want to help by providing advice, allowing the advising process to happen anonymously and confidentially. Most importantly, parents will receive advice that will specifically relate to their child and family”, said Mihailović, expressing hope that during the campaign local authorities would develop additional services promoting positive parenting.

Public talk about parenting in Pljevlja, as in all other municipalities, was organized with the support of the EU and the Telenor Foundation.



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