To improve the system of protection of children from sexual violence, we would like to present you a guide called “Protecting children, screen your employees” which was created by the Ministry of Security and Justice in the Netherlands. The document gives good guidance for organisations to improve the system checks for new employees or volunteers who have direct contact with children and young people, and to establish rules and standards of behavior that should be adhered to.
The key objective of this research is to assess socio-emotional aspects of children who are living in families with multiple problems (multi-problem families) and who have been involved in the activities of Daycare “Nest” Centers in Bosnia and Herzegovina over the past 18 months. The purpose of daycare centers for children at risk is to contribute to a better quality of life of the children who are coming from multi-problem families, to provide them with new possibilities of development through high-quality, professional and focused support directed at children and their parents, in cooperation with all relevant local community stakeholders.
Immediately after the second generation of daycare Nest Centers in BiH was opened (in 2013), we launched a research on the psychological characteristics of the children involved in the centers and their peers from typical families, according to the previously defined criteria. In order to review the effects of this approach we repeated the survey 18 months later.
Even though there still are differences between children at risk and children from typical families, the survey indicates there is a greater tendency of the reduction of contrasts of these two groups. Furthermore, the children at risk show a significant improvement in all measured aspects of functioning. They report less emotionally problems, problems in behavior, hyperactivity, relationships with peers and believe to be more pro-socially oriented. They also report a higher level of self-esteem and educational aspirations than they did reported in the previous year. Children at risk perceive a great sense of belonging to the Nest center, while centre staff and their teachers, report a tendency of positive changes in behavior, school achievement and improving work habits.
This method of work and specific approach has proved efficient in working with children at risk. Continued support, safe environment, supportive relationships and positive learning models contribute to a more stable development and growth of these children.
Project “Improving readiness of children for school in Canton 10” is implemented as a support to ongoing project of Ministry of education, culture and sport of Canton 10, by slogan “Let`s increase opportunities to children in BiH for early education”, supported by UNICEF.
Project aimed to strengthen developing capacities of children in preschool age, 4 to 6 years, by improving professional and methodical competences of teachers in Canton 10, as well as to respond better to school preparedness and raise chances in future through design of the Guidelines/implementation plan for work with children in preschool program and with the set of trainings for preschool educators.
Project included kindergarten teachers engaged from Tomislavgrad, Kupres, Livno, Glamoč, Drvar i Bosansko Grahovo and resulted with 20 teachers who improved their methodological knowledge and skills in direct work with children, as well as in work with parents. At the same time 440 children from Canton aged 4-6 are better prepared for demanding school system while.
“In foundation” is opening a call for proposal for locally registered NGOs operating in the area of B&H, with expertise in the work-field with children to prepare a project application focusing on one of two topics:
”Internet safety” call Ref. No. INFIS 2/2015
”Prevention of Gender based violence” call Ref. No. INFPGBV 3/2015
Project proposals should be innovative, including methodology and interventions appropriate for the target group, contributing to provision of higher safety in the lives of children in B&H. Mobilization of volunteers, advocating for changes in the local community and promotion of active participation of beneficiary groups should also be one of the key components of the project.
For activities in schools, we expect the school staff to be empowered to execute the activities independently after a while.
Proposed budget of each applicant should be between 5.000 and 20.000 Euros. Budgetary contribution by the applicant or by other sources is encouraged and will be taken into consideration in the budgetary and selection procedure.
Project duration, depending on project activities, should be up to 12 months.
All additional information, application forms, including list of required additional documents, and information about financing criteria, can be found on our web site http://www.infondacija.org/en/criteria-for-financing.
Organizations, after first project cycle, will get opportunity to apply for extension of support in following two years, provided that they have achieved expected results in the first year of the cycle and the donor has secured funding.
We kindly ask you to cite the reference number of call for proposal (Ref. No.) on your application form, stating one of the above listed topics.
Deadline for submission of applications is Monday, March 30, 2015, by 12.00 hours by regular mail (express mail delivery is not acceptable), to our post box, as indicated in the application form:
78102 Banja Luka
Call for proposal for opening of Nest centers for children coming from multi-problem families-Ref.No: INFNC1/2015
In foundation is opening a call for proposal for locally registered NGOs with expertise in the work-field of violence, operating in the area of B&H, to prepare a project application focusing on the topic:
”Nest centres-daily centers for children coming from multi-problem families”.
The main aim of this programme will be to provide adequate response to this growing social problem in B&H. Breaking the cycle of violence in the lives of children in B&H will hopefully contribute to decrease of child abuse and neglect, and will reduce the risk of children, as adult, becoming victims or perpetrators of violence.
Therefore, In foundation is opening call for proposal for locally registered NGOs’, with the expertise in running activities with children and youth, to prepare project application focusing on provision of child support interventions for children coming from multi-problem families.
Project proposals should be focused on opening and running of sustainable day-centers in smaller communities in B&H. The aim of the interventions should be provision of child-focused programs along with the support and empowerment of children at risk to overcome difficult situations they encountering their daily lives, through preventive activities and continuous support interventions.
Methodology of work and interventions should be appropriate for the target group, contributing to the provision of high quality support to children coming from multi-problem families in B&H. For more information please download the Manual – How to establish and lead center for children coming from multi-problem families Prirucnik_Kako uspostaviti i voditi Centar
Mobilization of volunteers, promotion of active participation of beneficiary groups and readiness of local community to assist and support opening and running of the centers should be key components of the project.
Proposed budget of each applicant should be around 20.000-25.000 Euros, including equipment, activities and running expenditures of the centre for one year. Budgetary contribution by the applicant or by other sources, likes from local community, is encouraged and will be taken into consideration in the selection procedure.
Project duration, depending on project activities, should be 12 months. However, and in case of positive results, extension is possible till a maximum of three years. During these three years the projects are expected to work towards financial sustainability in cooperation with the authorities.
Selection criteria: Advisory commission of INF will be selecting applicants on the basis of the following criteria:
– demonstrated experience in working in the thematic area and with target group, including
capacity to organize and run centers for children at risk
– demonstrated experience in a participatory approach within projects involving children
– demonstrated motivation, capacity and experience
– demonstrated capacity to get support from local community
– proposed action and methodology
– proposed budget
All additional information, like application forms, including list of required additional documents, and information about financing criteria, can be found on our web site http://www.infondacija.org/en/criteria-for-financing.
Call for application is opened as of December 15, 2014 and deadline for submission of applications is Monday, February 16, 2015, by 12.00 hours,by regular mail, to our post box, as indicated in the application form
In fondacija – P.P. 45, 78102 Banja Luka, Tel/fax: 051 464 460; 462 613
It is obligatory to state the referral number of call Ref. No. INFNC1/2015 on application form.
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Regional supervisors of the “Let’s grow up together” program from B&H for the third time at the Annual Conference in Croatia
Regional supervisors of the “Let’s grow up together” program from B&H have been participating for the third time at the Annual Conference for kindergarten team leaders in Croatia. Conference was held in Ivanic Grad from October 17-18.2014.
At the opening of the conference participants were welcomed by representatives of the relevant Ministry, Agency for the education of the Republic of Croatia, UNICEF Croatia and the mayor of Ivanic Grad.
The conference emphasized new important topics related to parenting and strengthening of positive parental skills:
– Strengthening the role of a father in early childhood
– Motherhood: the mother-daughter relationship
– Let`s grow up together Plus program of workshops for parents of children with special needs
– Support for parents from vulnerable groups.
Participation at the conference in Ivanic Grad enriched the experience and knowledge of regional supervisors from B&H who will continue their work and provide technical support to kindergarten teams working with parents of preschool age children in B&H.
The Third Conference “Let`s grow up together” was held. Kindergarten team leaders from the whole B&H took part in the conference. This is a program of support to parents in developing and strengthening parenting skills, conducted by In Foundation.
“As usual, it was hard working and good fun, new and familiar, but in any case interesting. Good luck to you all, our dear leaders of new groups with new parents” – said the trainers.
Adoption of “The Rules of procedures in cases of violence, abuse and neglect” in schools in the Republic of Srpska, is the first and very important step that should lead to the reduction of violence against and among children. Also, this paper launches a range of additional issues related to its implementation and efficient implementation in everyday practice in schools, so In Foundation has decided to point out thinking that could contribute improving the implementation of this document and the establishment of better mechanisms for the protection of children.
Here are some of our observations and suggestions:
First important issue is to familiarize parents with respect to their liability in cases of violence, abuse or neglect. Parental meetings, organized for parents of the first-grade pupils at the beginning of the school year, can be a place and an opportunity for parents to briefly meet the protocol and some legal provisions, as well as their parental rights and responsibilities, not only when someone else commits violence against their children but also to get to know the consequences for them if they themselves commit violence or neglect their children, even in cases where for example parents do not come to school regularly for the consultations with teachers. Likewise, parents may also be informed briefly about the questions of violence, abuse and neglect, types, causes and consequences. Such activity can be very simple and very efficient at the same time.
Recording and monitoring of violence, abuse and neglect is a key step in the prevention, because on the basis of the collected data, the necessary measures and programs can further be determined that later should lead to the reduction and prevention of violence. As one of the supporting documents of the Protocol is the record sheet that should provide details of all incidents that occur in schools during the school year, during our meetings with representatives of the school, we noticed that all violent incidents are not recorded in the record sheet, which obscures the actual situation, and thus directly affects the initiation of further steps. Therefore, it is important to register all forms of violence in order to get a true picture, so as to create the appropriate responses and effective programs afterwards.
Protocol defines the procedures in case of violence, but it automatically opens another important issue, the issue of responsibility in the case of failure of either party responsible to the Protocol to respond to cases of violence, abuse, neglect. By defining responsibilities in the case of failure we provide a mechanism for the full implementation of the Protocol.
In the situation where violence, abuse or neglect is recorded, when the child is sent further to the process outside school, bearing in mind the best interests of the child, with caution and careful handling that respects the dignity of children and protect their rights and interests, it is important to quickly organize, coordinate and centralize implementation process in order to reduce further trauma of children, because if we do not do so, the whole protocol will not have much meaning.
Next very important question refers to professional and adequate support to victims as well as to perpetrators and witnesses of bullying and their families. specialized knowledge and experience in working with children and their loved ones are needed for this kind of technical and advisory assistance. A permanent solution would be to open centers for children and families, but one step that could precede this is the step to organize professional training that could be grounds for appropriate interventions. Also it would be important to explore the resources of non-governmental organizations specialized in this field, organizations that have specific knowledge, experience and act in the community, which may provide support to the victim or perpetrator of violence. Other system solution is to train experts, specialized to support the victims and perpetrators of violence and their families, an expert who can already be employed at the center for social work or mental health center.
Important preventive mechanism, in addition to other specified in Protocol, is the development of social-emotional competence in early school, and preschool children also, which would allow children (and teachers) to learn and acquire skills and knowledge that would enable them to understand better themselves and others, and thus build a positive climate contributing to greater acceptance, respect, strengthening self-esteem, and thereby better school achievement.
In foundation has published the Report on research named: “Strenghts and Difficulties of Children at Nest Centres in B&H”. Report has shown that children at risk, due to very unsafe and unstable family environment, burdened with multiple risk factors do have lower self-esteem, problems in emotional domain, conduct problems, and problems with peers, and perceived as hyperactive.
Although there are no significant difference between referral and group of children at risk in academic achievements, life aspirations of children at risk are lower than in the group of their peers.
Protective factors like safe and secure place, care and supporting relationship with adults, good role models, support available in critical life times and access to support service can play significant role in overcoming problems in functioning, therefore, Nest centres can play important role in preventive activities in child social environment.
In Foundation has focused its work into thematic field of prevention of violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Roma children are at high risk to experience violence in their lives; however, they are facing other severe problems that need to be addressed prior to prevention of violence. Getting better access to education will significantly improve their life chances and will lead towards reduced risk of violence. Too many Roma children are not attending regular schools, and if so, they are at high dropout risk before reaching the end of their primary education and obtaining their diploma.
Therefore, IN foundation is opening thematic call for proposal with a specific focus on the topic of:
Roma children and education
Call for a proposal is open for locally registered NGOs, operating in the area of B&H, with expertise in this work-field. Preference in this call for proposal is given to Roma NGOs or NGOs in which Roma people are adequately represented in board and as staff members.
The NGOs that receive support of the Roma Education Fund (REF) will not be taken into consideration.
NGOs are invited to prepare project proposals focusing on improvement of preparation for school, access to (preschool) education and providing tutorial support to Roma children in the main-stream education. Organizations are encouraged to include activities with parents, like support in developing positive parental skills (some information and proposed model of work can be found on our web site: http://www.infondacija.org/en/the-let%E2%80%99s-grow-together-project in their applications.
Project proposals should be innovative, including methodology and interventions appropriate for the target group. Applications should be contributing to a better inclusion of Roma children in main-stream education. Mobilization of volunteers, advocating for changes in the community and promotion of active participation of beneficiary groups should be one of the key components of the project.
Proposed budget of each applicant should be in the range of 5.000-20.000 Euros. Budgetary contribution by the applicant or by other sources is not required, but is encouraged and will be taken into consideration in the selection procedure.
Project duration- depending on project activities, should be up to 12 months.
Selection criteria: the advisory commission of the INF will select applicants on the basis of the following criteria:
– Demonstrated experience in working in the thematic area of Roma children and education, including capacity to organize and implement participatory processes and/or training of professionals
– Proposed action and methodology
– Demonstrated advocacy capacity and experience
– Proposed budget
– Motivation to cooperate with others and
– Readiness to contribute to network activities.
All additional information, as well as application forms, including the list of required additional documents, and information about financing criteria, can be found on our web site: http://www.infondacija.org/en/criteria-for-financing.
Deadline for submission of applications is Monday, April 28, 2014 by 12.00 hours, by regular mail (express mail delivery is not acceptable), to our post box, as indicated in the application form.