The Child Protection Hub for South East Europe
The project wants to achieve that child protection actors and the ChildHub contribute to a functional child protection system and exert influence on the development of policies, structures and accountability mechanisms of child protection
1. Key child protection stakeholders are applying their competencies to prevent and address violence against children in the region and 2. Child protection regional network is actively supporting regional cooperation through cross-learning and exchanges of experience and 3. The ChildHub community initiative and resource centre has become increasingly sustainable and demonstrates measurable impact on the quality of care delivered by professionals and on the lives of children.
The main target group of the project are professionals in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Moldova and Serbia who have a responsibility for the protection of children: first and foremost, statutory social workers (social assistants, child protection unit workers), but also social workers providing services to vulnerable children in NGOs, teachers, school psychologists, justice and law enforcement professionals, and to some extent health professionals.
Estimated number of beneficiaries:
4,900 child protection professionals in eight countries who benefit directly from capacity building, professional development and learning opportunities, and another 4,000 who are made aware and conscious of professional support available on ChildHub,
500,000 children at risk or victims of abuse, exploitation, trafficking and other forms of violence in target countries
Continued knowledge management of ChildHub portal, with strengthened user engagement, peer-to-peer support (coaching, mentoring, supervision), common research project to foster regional cooperation, annual regional conferences allowing face-to-face exchange of professionals in the region. Resource Persons will regularly meet to contribute and participate in the project’s implementation, while annual national roundtables will be organised to present the results and findings of the project to policy makers. Collaboration with existing networks like Eurochild and ChildPact will be strengthened.
Existing models and methodologies for measuring impact of social change programs will be explored and presented, and an impact study implemented.
Sustainability models of similar initiatives will be mapped, a business plan developed and business models tested during the project.
The ChildHub continues to operate in South East Europe where the overall political and socio-economic situation remains challenging, in which child protection issues face a lack of political support and human and financial resources. Social service workers suffer from heavy workloads, low remuneration, sub-par infrastructure, and a fragile motivation system. Poverty remains omnipresent in the region with high rates of children living at risk of poverty.