Training “Case work”

On June 5 and 6,2017  in FICE-Bulgaria a training was held on

“Case work during the individual work with children and youngsters”

The goal of the education was acquiring of basic knowledge and abilities on the implementation of the method “Case work during the individual work with children and youngsters„ with different vulnerability: placed in residential services for children and youngsters, users of supportive and/or mobile community based services,with illegal behaviour and violators, persons in touch with the legal system-victims and/or witnesses of crimes, with special educational needs and difficulties, with disabilities, migrants, seeking and received international protection,dropouts or children at risk of becoming dropouts.     

The training presented the basic stages of the process: case assessment, prioritization,defining goals, work planning, plan implementation. An accent was made on child  and family participation in the process and the networking-coordination and cooperation between the process participants.

The training also had a practical part and gave the opportunity for group work, role games, casework, discussions, practical replay of situations and plan meetings, making an assessment and individual work plan for the child, working with information and documenting the process.

Representatives from different social services for children and families at risk from the capital and the country took part in the training.

Project “Unlocking Children’s Rights: Strengthening the capacity of professionals in the EU to fulfil the rights of vulnerable children”

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For children and young people, the decisions made in family court and other judicial proceedings can have a significant, long-term impact on their well-being, development and future outcomes. International standards, and many national laws across Europe, recognise that children and young people have a right to express their views and to have their wishes and feelings reflected in decisions affecting them. However, at present these rights are far from being realised due in part to a lack of skills and knowledge among professionals over how to communicate effectively and sensitively with children, and how to help them participate meaningfully in decisions affecting them.
Coram Children’s Legal Centre has worked to change law, policy and practice to ensure that children’s rights are fulfilled in family and wider justice proceedings in the UK and abroad for over 25 years. To this end, the CCLC has recently been awarded a grant by the EU’s Fundamental Rights and Citizenship fund for a two-year project to research and develop training on child friendly communication skills and child rights informed practices for professionals and practitioners working in justice proceedings, residential care and detention.
The project, titled Unlocking Children’s Rights: Strengthening the capacity of professionals in the EU to fulfil the rights of vulnerable children involves organisations from ten European countries, including England. We will be working with Coram Voice, FICE Bulgaria, Czech Helsinki Committee, the University College Cork, Children of Slovakia Foundation, Estonian Centre for Human Rights, European Roma Rights Centre (Hungary), Fondazione L’Albero della Vita (Italy), Nobody’s Children (Poland), Social Educational Action (Greece), and FCYA Hungary.
Over the two years, the partners will research and develop training on age-appropriate, child-friendly communication skills and child rights informed practices for professionals and practitioners working with children in justice proceedings, residential care and detention. We will be conducting a two-stage pilot and review of the training with over 920 professionals from the ten countries. Most importantly, the training modules will be developed by an inter-disciplinary team of key experts, including groups of children and young people in the 10 countries.
When the project is completed, it will achieve sustainability by leaving behind a comprehensive learning system, including face-to-face training, e-learning packages and an online knowledge-sharing resource for professionals. This innovative system and resources will be adaptable across all of the EU Member States. An accompanying advocacy and dissemination guide will be developed to identify how training can be integrated into existing sector training, registration and accreditation systems across the EU.About Coram Children’s Legal Centre Coram Children’s Legal Centre works in the United Kingdom and around the world to promote, protect and implement the rights of the child and to assist Governments, IGOs and NGOs with implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Our renowned International Policy and Programmes Department has a strong record of success, and has worked with UNICEF, UN Women, other IGOs and international agencies in over 30 counties in the past 16 years. The Centre specialises in carrying out situation analyses, research and assessments of children’s rights and gender issues to inform programming, strategic development and assisting governments and NGOs to implement the CRC and CEDAW through training, development of national monitoring systems, assistance with reporting to UN Committees as well as working with governments on the reform of policy, law and practice, programming and budget development. The Centre also has on the ground experience, establishing practical programmes to implement children’s and women’s rights, including establishing a national network of services for trafficked and exploited girls, developing child protection services, legal aid services for women and children and diversion programmes for children in conflict with the law.

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Federal Council of FICE-International was held in Spain

On 6-th and 7-th of November 2014 in Barcelona was held Federal Board of FICE-International immediately after the International Conference “Together Against Violence”, organized under a project funded by the Daphne Programme of the European Union.

In the wonderful Casa Macaya owned by the largest bank of Catalonia – La Caixa, for two days important issues related to policies for children worldwide has been discussed. The Federal Council was attended by representatives of 14 countries: Spain, Serbia, Austria, Bulgaria, Israel, Germany, Finland, Romania, the Netherlands, Switzerland, USA, South Africa, Kenya, and West Africa Network.

The representatives of the FICE national sections were divided into four working groups:

1. Unaccompanied minors and minors seeking protection

2. Inclusion

3. Young people leaving institutions

4. Sexual abuse in institutions for children

and made work plans for the next year.

Special attention was paid to the 33-rd Congress of FICE-Inter “Together Towards A Better World For Children, Adolescents And Families”, which will take place between 22-nd to 25-th of August 2016, in Vienna, Austria. Issues related to the partnership in the congress organization were discussed, as well as to the marketing strategy of FICE-Inter and FICE-Austria for its promotion.

Guests of the CF were representatives of the West African network, which presented problems of children in their countries and the role of the International Social Services and SOS-Children’s Villages to improve the lives of children. The regional policies and the need for coordination of activities and policies of the various countries in the region also were affected.

Two opinions were adopted, which will be presented to the public attention: 1/ Position related to working with children with illegal and deviant behavior, delivered at the end of the conference “Together Against Violence” and directed to the standards for the provision of residential services; 2/ Letter to the awarded with Nobel prize for child rights activists: Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay.

The FICE National Section in Brazil was accepted for a full member of FICE-International.

The next Federal Council will be held in 7-9 May 2015 in Belgrade and there was no decision taken for the one in the autumn but FICE Luxembourg and FICE Romania are candidates to host the event.

FICE-Europe held its work meeting, during which the Dutch Martina Tobe, director of the Foundation “Children’s Perspectives” in Zwolle was nominated for president of FICE-Europe.

Dashenka Kraleva, President of FICE-Inter thanked the hosts FICE-Spain for the good organization and working conditions.

FICE International Team

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Work meeting on project “Together against violence” on July 10th & 11th 2014

On July 10th and 11th took place the next project meeting of project “Together against violence” which is funded by DAPHNE III Programme of European Union. The place of the meeting was in Belchin Banya and the experts from the three partner organizations (FICE-Bulgaria, Resilis foundation from Spain and the Federal Association of therapeutic communities from Austria) have gathered to discuss the recommendations for decreasing the repeated violence of children.

The recommendation’s team continued their work on the recommendations of implementing new standards and legislation on the topics of prevention of repeated violence by children, improving the residential and post-residential care services. The recommendations are aimed at supporting the process of reforming the system of work with children in conflict with the law, in order to improve their chances of better life and development.

The second group of dissemination experts and coordinators have continued their work on preparation of the national conferences on which will be presented the National reports on factors contributing to violent acts by children, legal regime and status of the national systems of  child care services in the three countries. On the national conferences will be presented also the Recommendations for developing of standards and legal regulations in the field of prevention of repeated violence by children, improving the residential services for them as well as the post-residential work with children.

Important part of the meeting was the negotiation and setting up the dates and schedule for the National conferences in each of the participating countries. The conference of the Federal Association of therapeutic communities from Austria will take place in Krems on 15th and 16th September 2014. The conference of foundation Resilis will take place on 2nd and 3rd October in Madrid and the conference of FICE-Bulgaria on 15th and 16th October in Sofia.

The final international conference of the project will take place in Barcelona on 05th and 06th November 2014, right before the Federal council of FICE-Inter. In the international conference are expected to participate experts not only from Europe, but also from other continents. It is scheduled to be adopted a document on the topic of children, repeated perpetrators of violence and to be placed a focus on the importance of the work with them and their families.

During the two-day meeting were conducted interviews with all experts and coordinators, by the external project evaluator – Jivka Marinova.

The responsibility for the coordination of the project on behalf of the leading organization FICE-Bulgaria is on Alexander Milanov and responsible for the project management is Dashenka Kraleva – president of FICE-Bulgaria and president of FICE-Inter.

Working meeting in TRAIN-KOSOZIAL – Training and Transfer of Competences of Social Informatics based on EVAS into the Professional (Further) Training for Pedagogical Professionals in Youth and Child Care Services Project in Mainz, Germany with representatives of FICE-Bulgaria

A working meeting on the project was held on March 24th and 25th 2014 in Mainz, Germany. FICE-Bulgaria is a partner organization in the project and was represented by the project leader for Bulgaria – Dashenka Kraleva, Zvezditza Peneva-Kovacheva – project trainer and Vesela Aleksieva – technical assistant. Train-Kohozial is a partnership project with the participation of Katholische Hochschule Mainz, Institut für angewandte Forschung und internationale Beziehungen, Institut für Lehrerfort- und -weiterbildung Saarbrücken, Katholische Fachschule für Sozialpädagogik Saarbrücken Institut St. Joseph Rumelange – Caritas Jeunes & Familles (Luxembourg), Vorarlberger Kinderdorf, Schlins (Austria), Association for pedagogical and social assistance for children FICE-Bulgaria, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Fundació Privada Resilis, Girona (Spain).

The project is financed by Leonardo da Vinci Programme.

During the first day the results from the implementation of EVAS and MOSES by the students from Institut für Lehrerfort- und –weiterbildung, Saarbrücken, Germany were presented. 20 % of the participants disapprove the program, but the reasons can be found with the lack of the free access to computer where the data to be upload.  The accent of the research conclusions is on the need of more exercising the practical implementation of the program. The dissemination of information for EVAS among the professional schools and universities continue as well.

Dashenka Krelva from FICE-Bulgaria presented the results of the training “Effectiveness of case work”, held in Sofia. 21 professionals from Bulgarian organizations took part in the training. The training aimed to present EVAS –systematic computer program for analyzing case work information.

The second day of the meeting was mostly dedicated to the discussion of the final training program for students on work with EVAS in German. The program includes 40 training hours – theory and practice. The main topics are related with the core of the social work, case work, EVAS, techniques and methods for polls and analysis in the social sphere. After some technical corrections the program will be translated and adapted on Bulgarian and English.

The dates for the next project working meetings are:

  • 28 – 30 April – Luxembourg;
  • 18 -19 May – Girona, Spain;
  • 2 – 5 June – Berlin, Germany.

New Perspectives Project Progress

New Perspectives Project progress

In November 2013 FOCE-Bulgaria started the implementation of New Perspectives Project. In partnership with UNICEF Bulgaria the project aims to change the model of work in the Boarding Schools for children with deviant and delinquent behavior.

12In the period of January – March 2014 4 trainings of the staff of the institution in Dragodanovo were held. The topics were related with change management, model of organization of the residential care for children with deviant and delinquent behavior, case work, organization of the activities with the children. Parallel with the trainings, teams of FICE experts work together with the educators in the institution consult the working process and actively support the change of the environment the implementation of new forms of individual and group work with the children.

The case conferences of children placed in Dragodanovo Boarding School started in February. The conferences are moderated by expert teams of FICE-Bulgaria and different professionals form the regional institutions took part in.