CHILD RIGHTS CENTER VRATSA
At the beginning of September 2017 has started a new six month period from the functioning of the Child rights center in Vratsa. The start was difficult, as every start is. We are glad to share that thanks to the cooperation of VratsaMunicipality we managed to open this new and unknown procedure in Bulgaria. Together with us the colleagues from three NGOs has opened Child Rights Centers in Sofia, Ruse and Pazardjik. These are the partners under the Project “ Development of child rights centers for children in conflict or in contact with the law” of the National Network for Children, developed with the financial support of the Velux Foundation –The Institute for Social Activities and Practices- in Sofia, in Ruse – by Equilibrium Foundation and in Pazardjik – by Crime Prevention Fund – IGA .
In the March- August 2017 period the team of Child Rights Center in Vratsa has organized and participated in numerous work meetings with representatives from all interested institutions on the problem of children in contact and conflict with the law – The Social Assistance Directorate and Child Protection Department to the Agency for Social Assistance , municipality, schools, as well as different services in the community. The main goal of these meetings was to popularize the service, for these children and their parents to be able to use it from one side and from another – the professionals to have full information about the activities in the Center.
On 28 September 2017 the Center was visited by Mr. Anders Lyke Madsen, representative of the Velux Foundation and Mrs. Dilyana Slavkova, Program Director in the National Nework for Children. The same day was the meeting with Mrs. Petya Dolapchieva, deputy-mayor on Humanitarian Activities from VratsaMunicipality. Current challenges and achievements were discussed at the meeting.
The team of the Center which consists of psychologist and two social workers has to make series of meetings with the directors, psychologists and pedagogical advisors in the schools of Vratsa region in order to popularize the service in two directions: work on exact cases of children in contact and conflict with the law and work on prevention of problem behaviour.