Work meeting of the European Network
A work meeting of the European network for foster care development APFEL took place on Dec 1st and 2nd in Brussels. Participants were representatives of centres, services and associations from Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Great Britain, Spain, Norway and Ireland among others. Participants from Bulgaria were Nelly Petrova and Nadya Stoykova from Bulgaria.
Meetings of the thematic work groups also took place - the group for joint parenthood and foster care, for selection and training of candidates for foster parents and for the participation of children in the process of service provision. At the main meeting were discussed the methodical issues related to the exchange of practices and activities. Presented was the international experience of the various participants. A matter of particular interest was the presentation of Marie-France Lambert, head of the Belgian Francophone Foster Care Association, regarding the training visit in Canada and the concept of the normative and practical changes that take place there. Experience was shared also by representatives from France, Flamand Belgium and Bulgaria.
Organisation issues related to the legal status of APFEL were discussed, as well. The next regular meeting
will be on May 4th, 2012 in Brussels.
Laboratory for multi-disciplinary discussion of cases
A Laboratory for multi-disciplinary discussion of cases will take place on 12.12.2011 at 3:00 p.m. in the building of the Community Support Centre that is part of the Social Activities and Practices Institute, on 175 Pirotska Street in Sofia.
We would like to ask you to propose the type of problematic cases that you would like to be discussed.
You are also welcome to present a case from you practice if you wish so, but we ask you to send information about it in advance.
Please, confirm your participation on the following e - mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org or at the provided telephone number until 07.12.2011.
Contact telephone number: 02/ 920 42 38.
Contact persons: Ophelia Georgieva and Biliana Koicheva.
Participants in the Laboratory are employees in SAPI that work directly with children and participate in the training programs of the Institute, pedagogical advisors from schools, social workers, representatives of the probation services of the police and of the CPU, psychologists, represnetatives of non-government organizations, representatives of specialized instituions for children, psychotherapists and others. The laboratory functions as a group for professional support that reviews cases, discusses concrete topics and analyses theoretical materials. This is a new method for profesisonal support of specialists working on the problems of children. The aim is to assist the daily work of the profesisonals on cases, to increase their capacity to understand what the children want to say with their anti-social behaviour or problematic behaviour, and to increase their overall capacity for work. In this way an atmosphere of professional self-help will be created, as well as of collaboration between all interested sides working with children.
The CSSCF in Pazardjik organizes an open discussion on the topic "Children whose parents work abroad"
The CSSCF in Pazardjik organized an open discussion on the topic "Children whose parents work abroad" on 23.11.20. The discussion is a result of the work of the social workers from the CSSSCF. A lot of the children directed to the services of the CSSCF are at risk of dropping out from school.
It turns out that one of the reasons for this is the fact that these children are raised by relatives and their parents work and live abroad. The relatives of the children encounter difficulties when a problem arises with the child /health problem, education problem, documentation problem, etc./ because if they are not the legal representatives, they cannot undertake timely activities without the permission of the parents. It has been concluded that a lot of these children have changed their behaviour as a result of the absence of their parents, they run out of school, have conflicts with their relatives, find themselves in unfavourable social environments etc.
Participants in the public discussion were representatives of the "Education" sector and the Social Activities Directorate of the Municipality of Pazardjik, RDSS-Pazardjik, CPU-Pazaedjik, inspectors from the Child Pedagogic Room to the RPD-Pazardjik, directors of secondary school in Pazardjik and the Municipality and pedagogical advisers.
A presentation on the topic was prepared by the CSSCF along with statistics concerning the number of cases of children whose parents have lived and worked abroad in the period 2010 – 2011.