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Safety Network - transit care as a systematic tool for involving children in decision-making processes

Czech Republic

Project Facts

Project objective: Quality of child welfare systems and protection measures effectively improved, relaying the views of relevant stakeholders and society at large through high quality and participatory debate
Project promoter: Šafrán dětem, p.b.o.
Type of institution: Public benefit organization / Tax-exempt organization
Project number: CZ04-0016
Target group(s): Bodies responsible for systems and policies in education and local, regional and/or national level.,
Status: Completed
Initial project cost: € 137,377
Final project costs: € 137,377
From EEA Grants: € 123,639
The project is carried out in: ČESKÁ REPUBLIKA

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This is a project under the programme: Children and Youth at Risk

Summary of project results

 

The system for vulnerable children in the Czech Republic is fragmented, inefficient and does not support transit care. There are no communication standards and no mechanisms how to listen to children´s opinions and wishes, social workers are not trained in such skills prior to the project implementation. Neither an organization, which would deal with the prevention of frequent changes of carers and continuous accompanying of children so that they are not endangered by the instability of family and social environment, was identified prior to the project. The Transit Care Methodology and Standards were created within the project by means of a participative approach via the interaction of various experts. The methodology was tested during three training workshops connected to particular methodology parts : 1) How to Listen to and Respect an Opinion of a Child Going Through a Difficult Period or Crisis in Transit Care 2) Interdisciplinary Communication in Practice as Prevention of Fragmented System of Care for Children 3) How to Communicate and Prepare a Child for Transit Care and Successful Adaptation in a New Environment (focused on children 0 -7, children with disabilities and from minority groups) including The Book of Safe Contact. The participants of the workshops were social workers, teachers, police officers and health care workers. The Methodology was also prepared in a printed form, together with an identifying badge for all four groups of professions involved in the transit care process. Four video spots were made focused on: 1) the professional public explaining what information a child needs in transit care and what prevents them now from efficient communication 2) Social – Legal Protection of Children authorities and accompanying workers - how to tackle transit care situations 3) on children, the spot can be used by social workers in critical situations to explain to children what is happening 4) expert opinions, workshops and transit care environment. One of the biggest benefits of the project was raising awareness of the transit care among teachers, social workers and mainly health care workers as they deal with children in need on a daily basis. The video spots are going to be of a big help to the organization Šafrán dětem as they can be used to explain the basic procedures of transit care to children or present its specifics to professionals. The Methodology together with the Book of Safe Contact create the first guide of this kind available to target workers in the Czech Republic.

 


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