in Europe

Building capacity of professionals supporting children victims of trafficking


Warsaw, Poland, May and June 2011: Nobody’s Children Foundation conducted a short training program for 19 psychologists and teachers from child care institutions that have been designated to provide care and psychological assistance to foreign child victims of commercial exploitation in Poland.
The program included topics such as legal regulations concerning child trafficking and commercial exploitation, assessing and diminishing risk of exploitation, psychological assistance and procedures that should be followed when dealing with a foreign minor victim of child trafficking. During the trainings the professionals stated that they would welcome more capacity building activities to be better prepared to support child victims in the future and analyse their behaviour in the light of the experienced trauma.
The training was organized and conducted together with the Ministry of Interior in the frame of a pilot programme for the protection of minor victims and witnesses of child trafficking. The programme entails designating a number of child care institutions in Poland that will be able to provide adequate support to child victims, enhancing knowledge and skills of the staff members and assessing effectiveness of the existing procedures of child victims’ case management. [DG]