Social Activities and Practice Institute
Group work with children over 15 years of age in the Community Support Center
In the Community support Center of SAPI in Sofia group work with children over 15 years of age was organized within the program "Development of skills for independent life". The program involves activities that support the youths during the stage of transition to independent life. On 18.10.2010 the youths attended the Labour Bureau in Vyzrajdane with the aim to get familiar with the opportunities to find jobs, to use the available services, and to get into contact with employers. The youths acquired some knowledge about the employers requirements and about the competition on the job market. Discussed was the motivation of the children regarding their education and its important role in their future. The children showed their interest by asking question and willingness to start work.
The children from the group "Development of skills for independent life" attended the Sexual Health Center in Sofia
On 15.11.2010 the children from the group "Development of skills for independent life" attended the Sexual Health Center in Sofia on blvd. Dondikov, where experts informed them about the sexually transmitted diseases, about sexual culture and hygene, and about contraception. During the discussion the youths showed their knowledge on the subject and talked about the topics that they were interested in.
Mobile social work in Pazardjik as part of the campaign "Promotion of education"
On 08.11.2010 in the CSSCF in Pazardjik started mobile social work related to the campaign "Promotion of Education". The Complex asked the Municipality of Pazardjik to provide a list of the children from the region that are legally required to attend school during the school year 2010/2011 but there is a risk for them to drop out of school. Social workers from two sectors of the Complex are involved in the mobile social work. According to the preliminary schedule the social workers need to cover the villages in the Municipality of Pazardjik and to assess the risk for the children to drop out of the school system. During the week were held meetings with the governing structures of the Secondary School "Stefan Zahariev" in Pazardjik, the Central Kindergarten "Varbitsa" in Pazardjik, the Secondary School "St.St. Kiril and Methodius" in the village of Ivailo, and the Central Kindergarten "Detelina" in the village of Chernogorovo in order to obtain the addresses of the children. As a result visits of these addresses were organized where the social workers talked to the parents of the children or to their relatives and neighbours regarding current information about whether the child goes to school, and if not what are the reasons for that, and thus assessed the risk for the child to drop out of the school system. The mobile social work will continue throughout the whole of November.
Information campaign on foster care in the village of Mirkovo
On 13.11.2010 the team of the Regional Foster Care Center in Sofia organized an information meeting in the education center of the village of Mirkovo in Sofia region. The meeting was organized with the support of the head of the education center. All participants - about 150 people - were provided with information materials regarding foster care. The expert from the RFCC - Tsvetan Todorin presented the activities if SAPI related to the provision of this service, the essence and the stages of foster care. We hope that we will be able to collaborate and work with candidates for foster parents in the municipality of Mirkovo in the future.
Association "Social Activities and Practices Institute" organized an International Conference on the topic "Child Victimization. Dimensions and Prevention". The event took place on November 9th and 10th, 2010 in Hotel Rodina in Sofia. The Conference was opened by Mr. Tsvetan Tsvetanov - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Internal Affairs. Participants were Mr. Kalin Kamenov - Deputy Head of the State Agency for Child Protection, and Mrs. Elina Georgieva from the Ministry of Justice. At the forum were presented the results of the international research organized within the project "Sexual violence against children from residential insttituions". Professor Kevin Braun presented in details the assessment of the risk for violence against children. Mrs. Donika Koleva from the State Agency for Child Protection presented the goals and the activities of the project "Childhood for everyone" under the Operation Program "Human Resource Development", which is related to the deinstitualization of children with disabilities placed in specialized institutions. The participants in the event were introduced to good practices by representatives of Latvia and Poland. The first day was closed with the projection of a film regarding the dimensions of child abuse. The second day of the conference was dedicated to the child-friendly justice process. Professor Phillip Jafe described the standards of the Council of Europe for child-friendly justice process. Presented were good practices from Latvia, Poland, Scotland and Bulgaria.
Training course for candidate to become foster parents in Pernik
On 10. 11. 2010 in the Regional Foster Care Centre in Pernik started a training course for candidates for foster parents and for current foster families. The training course includes nine modules divided into 42 training hours. The participants in the course will be prepared for their future responsibilities as foster parents. The training will be led by social workers from the RFCC in Pernik.
Training course for candidate to become adopters in Pernik
On 10. 11. 2010 in the Regional Foster Care Centre in Pernik started a training course for candidates-adopters. The future adopters will be prepared to become parents and will acquire some positive upbringing skills and knowledge. The training is led by social workers from the RFCC in Pernik.
Press conference on foster care in Pazardjik
On 04.11.2010 in the Complex for social services to children and families in Pazarjik was held a press conference in regards to the foster care campaign of the Complex. Participants were representatives from the Municipality of Pazarjik, CSSCF, Child Protection Unit, mayors from the Municipality of Pazarjik, as well as foster parents. Rumena Tareva, leader of the program "Trainings, methodological support and researches" of SAPI in Sofia, also took part in the conference. Presented was the campaign of the Complex in Pazarjik that aims at the provision of information to the public about the service foster care. The activities carried out so far as part of the campaign were also presented.
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