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Exploring innovative ways of developing a strong community of practices on Child Protection in South East Europe

2014-11-27

December 1,2014, Budapest, Hungary: On December the 2.-4. Terre des hommes and its partners in South East Europe are launching a new initiative – the Regional Resource Centre for Child Protection (RRC). The initiative brings together child protection professionals from 8 countries of South East Europe in order to develop a platform for constant learning and knowledge sharing.
“Our ambition is to create a truly working regional network of professionals who understand and estimate the value of this network and the possibilities it offers for learning from each other, sharing good practices, and finding learning opportunities”, says Judit Nemeth-Almasi, the Project Coordinator.
The RRC will focus on services and skills addressing situations of abuse of and violence against children. It will use innovative tools for distant learning and communications and the platform will enable professionals based in Albania, BiH, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Moldova, Romania and Serbia to share best practices and accumulate knowledge.
The RRC will also support policy development and innovations centered around a strong regional community of practice that it will reinforce through knowledge management, capacity building and advocacy. It is expected that more than 500.000 children and families will be impacted positively by the project, as final beneficiaries.
Partners in the project are Terre des hommes Albania, Save the Children North West Balkans, Know-how Centre for alternative care for children in Bulgaria, Brave Phone in Croatia, Terre des hommes – Kosovo, Terre des hommes – Moldova, Terre des hommes – Romania, Centre for Youth Integration in Serbia, and the Center for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS) but the project aims to stimulate exchange and learning from all professionals in the region.
“We expect to find support we need when trying to identify regional opportunities, make contact with regional child protection partners, to get support”, says Jezerca Tigani, Tdh country representative for Albania and Kosovo, one of the project partner.
The project is funded by the European Union’s DAPHNE program, the Austrian Development Agency and Oak Foundation.