The independent evaluation of the Zone ZaKrila model was presented in Shumen

The independent evaluation of the Zone ZaKrila model was presented in Shumen

At the initiative of UNICEF and with the assistance of the Municipality of Shumen, at a special event in the city was presented the independent evaluation of the model and the services provided by Children's Centers for Advocacy and Support "Zona ZaKrila". The meeting was attended by representatives of the Municipality of Shoumen, ODMVR - Shoumen, the judiciary, RDSP and DSP - Shoumen, Novi Pazar, Veliki Preslav, representatives of schools and other social services in the municipality. Children's Center for Advocacy and Support "Zone ZaKrila" Shumen was represented by the director of the Institute of Social Activities and Practices Mrs. Darinka Yankova and the director of the center in Shumen Mrs. Zlatka Yordanova.

The meeting presented the evaluation of the model and the services provided by the Children's Centers for Advocacy and Support "Zona ZaKrila", the new film about "Zona ZaKrila" and a discussion on ensuring their sustainability and implementation of the model at regional and national level.

The evaluation of the model and the services provided by the Children's Centers for Advocacy and Support "Zone ZaKrila" was initiated at the end of 2019 by UNICEF. The aim was to assess their relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and impact, as well as to contribute to the institutionalization of the model and the disclosure of similar services in other areas of the country.

The evaluation was performed in the period November 2019 - May 2020 by an independent external evaluator, Prof. Robin Harr, with the support of national consultants Kristina Slavova and Lyuba Devetakova.

The evaluation report strongly confirmed the positive results of services for children and parents and their impact, as well as the following findings and conclusions regarding the sustainability of the model: “Pilot services fully meet national priorities and government needs for the development of prevention services. and responding to violence against children and supporting their parents; the integrated approach to providing quality support brings the greatest benefits to children and families, and they have contributed to improving access to justice for children who have experienced violence and crime; "ZaKrila Zone has also contributed to improving cooperation and coordination between sectors and different professionals to ensure the best interests of child victims of violence."

The innovative Zone ZaKrila model was launched in 2016 thanks to the partnership of UNICEF, the government, BTV / BTV, the municipalities of Sofia, Shumen and Montana, the Institute for Social Activities and Practices and the Animus Association Foundation.

Zone ZaKrila centers are currently available in three cities in the country - Stumen, Montana and Sofia, they provide a protected space where children and parents can receive comprehensive and free support from competent and well-trained psychologists, social workers and lawyers. one roof ”. The teams work in collaboration with child protection departments, the education system, the police, the prosecution and the courts, facilitating the efforts of all institutions around the child to be in their best interests.