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Involving Children in their own Care Plans


March 25-26,2013 Tirana, Albania: “Care Standards require us to involve children in their care plans but I don’t have any guidance on how to do this properly, this is a new concept for me…” declared one of the staff of a Residential Institution who participated in Tdh’s*two-day training on strengthening the skills of professionals to involve children in their own care plans*.
The 23 participants from the Albanian State Social Services, staff and directors of residential institutions, Inspectors of care standards from State Labour Inspectoriate, Regional Office of Social Services, Domestic Violence Center and “Linza“ Center for Victims of Trafficking focused on methods and tools to meaningfully involve children in the development and review of their own care plans, while placed in the Residential Institutions. Through participatory methodologies, interactive discussions and group work, professionals used and experienced various tools which can be used in their institution so that children are put in the center and are given their right to be consulted on issues that directly affect them.
As a result of this training, each residential institution developed an action plan to improve practice for children in their care and Tdh developed an informative booklet addressing children placed in institutions. This child-friendly booklet aims to inform children directly on the responsibility of the adults working in the residential institutions to develop individual plans with them, what care planning is so that they know what they can expect and how they could be involved.
Tdh will continue to work with the Albanian State Social Services and 4 public residential institutions in Tirana, Durres, Vlora and Saranda to support them in implementing the care standards and ensuring better services for children. (SC)