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Poland: Professionals from child care institutions trained on child trafficking prevention


Zakopane, Kraków, Poland, April and May 2011: More then fifty professionals employed in child care institutions – psychologists, teachers, social workers and managers – participated in 2 trainings organized in the framework of the Mario project and devoted to the problem of commercial exploitation of children with special focus on child trafficking. The topics that were presented and discussed with the participants included the scope of the problem, legal aspects, risk factors, psychological consequences for the victims, identification of child-victims, intervention mechanism, as well as prevention of commercial exploitation of children.
The main reason behind organizing the seminar was to familiarize the participants with the recently developed tool for improving identification of child victims of trafficking.
With the functioning of Polish child care system, professionals employed in child care institutions are at the front line when it comes to identifying children at risk or victims of trafficking. On the one hand, they come across foreign children left without parental care and often on their way to Western Europe; on the other hand they can prevent dangerous behaviours of children – such as running away – that put them at risk of commercial exploitation.
The trainings have been organized by the Nobody’s Children Foundation together with the Ministry of Interior and Administration and Malopolskie Voivodeship Office.