In order to stop rising trends of violence against children and assist families in avoiding the separation of children in difficult times, experts from the Ministry of Social Policy and Youth, UNICEF and the Society for Psychological Assistance have presented on Wednesday the project "Helping Families in Crisis to Overcome Challenges and Stay together "with a range of measures for greater and stronger support for these families.

"Gathered around the idea that every child needs a caring, safe and stimulating family, we have collaborated with a team of experts and have developed new standards for help for professionals in contact with families that can not cope with the various problems that most easily affect children "Said Head of UNICEF Office in Croatia Valentina Otmačić.

The new standards are focused on the welfare of the child while simultaneously nurturing a partnership relationship between parents and professionals. Removing a child from a family or not a very difficult decision for social workers can often be heard that families with problems have come too soon or too late, Otmacic said, adding that the new tools and methodology of work are of higher value because they are in the experiences of social workers from the field have been scrapped.

Last year, 8128 reported cases of endangerment of children in the family, and especially the increase in the number of cases of violence against children. The number of children who have been separated from the family for the last five years is constantly increasing, and these children are temporarily or permanently deprived of their right to grow up in a family environment, was highlighted at a gathering.

Presenting the handbook "Helping Parents in Protecting Child Welfare" project manager Marina Ajduković pointed out that there are practical tools and guidelines for working with families at risk. Experts say Ajduković exchanged experience in working with families in crisis, confirming how much they themselves need systematic support as they face the most difficult cases of neglect of children, psychological violence and physical abuse in the family.

She warned that measures to protect children's welfare were less and less explicit. In 2011. they were around 4500, to have them around 2400 last year, but the reason for that was not that they were unnecessary, but they started to save where they should not.

There was a lot of questioning about the quality of these measures, duration, arbitrary thinking, etc. That is why we wanted to find out exactly what the project was doing, what the needs of the family are, what the expectations are and how it is being monitored six months, a year or two knew exactly what we were doing, how we worked and how the family changed for the benefit of the child, Ajduković said.

It is important that we no longer have impressionist thinking about how leaders work and finally start practicing practice based on facts. We have all come to the stage that the measures of support must be different, Ajduković concluded, saying that it is now in the competent bodies to support a new approach.

(Hina)