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Child Hub brings together policy makers and experts to foster cooperation on decentralisation of social services


On 10-11. May 2016 in Vienna, Austria, Child Protection Hub for South East Europe organises a regional Policy Forum on Decentralisation of Social Services. This Regional Policy Forum will bring policy makers, experts, ombudsmen, representatives of NGOs and academia from 11 countries of Central and South East Europe to exchange experiences and foster cooperation.   

“In our region discussion on decentralisation is important noting that this process has its advantages, but it can lead to inequality and exclusion as well”, highlights Dr. Gordana Matkovic, Director of the Center for Social Policy, Serbia, and a member of the Child Protection Hub Advisory Board, “In this regard, I hope that through the discussion we will develop the mutual understanding of appropriate division of functions between the national and local level in the area of social care”.

This Policy Forum will provide a real chance to share practices on decentralising social services in the region. Presented key lessons learnt and promising practices from the region, particularly in terms of the delegation of responsibilities, decision-making, monitoring and financing will be further employed to inform processes for improved service provisions and develop recommendations for the future.

 “Decisions about the nature, type and scale of decentralisation are often made without reference to social protection in general, and to the needs of children at risk in particular. This Policy Forum provides an ideal opportunity to exchange experiences, learn from the different experiences in the region, and build a system more responsive to children’s needs”, says Mr. Paul Stubbs, a senior policy expert on the issue in the region, member of the Child Protection Hub Advisory Board, who is also going to facilitate the Forum.


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