With the support of the IN Foundation and the Cultural Center of Gradiška, the Association “Most” on September 19th and 20th organized a two-day training for the project partners of the Day Center of the Gnijezdo Gradiška. Director of the Polyclinic for Child Protection of the City of Zagreb, prof. dr. sc. Gordana Buljan Flander hosted a training session attended by 15 participants – representatives of elementary school psychological and pedagogical profession, representatives of the Center for Social Work from Gradiska and Laktaši, representatives of the Center for Mental Health Protection and representatives of the General Hospital Gradiška.

The aim of the training was to take active and clearly defined roles of community-based experts in detecting and working with children suspected of sexual abuse. With the leadership of Professor Buljan Flander, the participants adopted and established knowledge about the definition of child sexual abuse, the criteria for its determination, the impact of sexual abuse on the welfare of children, access to sexually abused children according to their age, developmental stage and personal characteristics, and cognitive-behavioral therapy directed at trauma.

Participants are invited to a professional visit to the Child Protection Center of the City of Zagreb, where they will have the opportunity to learn more about the work of the multidisciplinary team.

On September 30, 2016, a round table on “Prevention of sexual violence against and among young people” was held in the area of the Volunteer Center Osijek. The round table was organized by SOS Children’s Village – Ladimirevci Children’s Village and Women’s Room – Zagreb’s Sexual Rights Center.

The Round Table was organized with the aim of presenting “Recommendations for Implementing Preventive Programs for Prevention of Sexual Violence in Schools”. The recommendations were made as a result of the implementation of 54 prevention workshops for 1089 children and young people and 25 lectures by 300 professors from the Požega – Slavonia and Bjelovar – Bilogora County, as well as associates and co-workers of the SOS Children ‘s Village Ladimirevci children’ s home in coordination of  Women’s Room – Center for Sexual Rights.

Zoran Relić, director of the Children’s Home of SOS – Children’s Village Ladimirevci, spoke about “Prevention Programs on Sexual Violence in SOS Children’s Village Ladimirevci”, highlighting good practice examples. Anamaria Drožđan – Kranjčec presented the project “Safe from violence” in front of the Women’s Room, where the Round Table and the Recommendations itself are the result of the project. Krešimir Makvić, advocate for children’s rights at the SOS Children’s Village Croatia, presented the activities of SOS Kinderdorf International and SOS Children’s Village Croatia.

Representatives of the partner organization on the project from Daruvar Economy and Tourism School, Director Dinka Kavalir and Davorka Šorak, spoke more about prevention programs and prevention of sexual violence in educational institutions, while Mirjana Bilopavlović, coordinator of the Center for Support and Development of Civil Society “Dolphin “From Pakrac presented preventive programs and advocacy for the prevention of sexual violence in local communities. She highlighted examples of good practice of sensitizing and raising awareness that the organization of civil society “Dolphin” carries out in Lipik, Pakrac and beyond.

Mr. Darko Laksar presented the work of the Ombudsperson’s Office in the area of prevention of sexual violence against and among young people in front of the Office of the Ombudsperson for Children in Osijek, and the importance of advocating for the introduction of prevention programs in the educational institutions. Representative Ivana Milas from the Nansen Dialogue Center in Osijek presented a GOOD initiative and their commitment to the introduction of Civic Education into a school curriculum.

At the roundtable were representatives of state institutions and bodies, educational institutions, civil society organizations and interested citizens.

The Round Table is the final part of the project “Safe from Violence”, which financially supports the Ministry of Social Policy and Youth of the Republic of Croatia. The project leads the Women’s Room – the Sexual Rights Center in partnership with the Children’s Home SOS – Ladimirevci Children’s Village and the Daruvar Economic and Tourist School. Project partners are the Center for Support and Development of Civil Society “Dolphin”.