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Establishment of a pool of experts to respond on Sexual Abuse Cases in Albania

2015-04-29

April 29, 2015, Tirana, Albania: the first meeting of a specialized resource group on Sexual Abuse (SA) was organized as a joint initiative of Tdh Albania, ARSIS, the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth (MSFY) and the State Agency for the Protection of Children’s Rights (SAPCR) to strengthen the multi-disciplinary case management process and develop a specialized service for children victims of sexual abuse and exploitation. Creating a team of specialized professionals from different agencies/disciplines is one of the main efforts of the initiative.

From January 2014, Terre des hommes Albania (Tdh) and  ARSIS (Social Organisation for the Support of Youth) are implementing the EU funded project called: “Enhancing a functional, qualitative and coordinated Child Protection Safety Net in Tirana for all children at risk or victims of abuse and violence” aiming  to strengthen the multi-disciplinary case management process and develop a specialized service for children victims of  sexual abuse and exploitation through creating a team of specialized professionals from different agencies and disciplines and developing capacity building and working tools to aid their professional work. 

This group is composed of specialized professionals from different public and civil society organisations engaged in child protection work like psychologists, psychiatrists, physicians, social workers, lawyers, police officers, prosecutors and juvenile judges. The specialized resource group will perform on-call action, based on a multidisciplinary case management approach and will provide direct assistance to children victims of sexual abuse and exploitation - through specialized support to child protection units and recommendations for the development and improvement of child protection system, politicies and laws.

During the meeting  the Ministry and SAPCR presented their work on the protection and support of children victims of sexual abuse and exploitation and their role in offering and developing the specialized service. The participants discussed the role of their group, difficulties and gaps, further steps to formalize it and engage each professional as well as the need for specialized training.

The group has agreed to hold its next meeting in June 2015.