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Child in the Center – creating local systems of protecting children from abuse

Project Promoter: Stowarzyszenie Moc Wsparcia
Proposal: 1st thematic call
Co-financed from the program: 101 661,94 EUR
Partners: None
Duration time: 01.12.2021-30.11.2023

The project responds to the problem of insufficient engagement of educational institutions in activities aimed at protecting children from violence. The analysis of statistical data shows that in 2019 the highest number of notifications about cases of family violence, made in accordance with the “Blue Card” procedure, was in the Mazowieckie and Silesian provinces. In the Silesian Province there were 8143 notifications, of which only 367 were submitted by people representing educational institutions. The qualitative research we conducted in 2017 and 2018 in educational institutions in Silesia revealed that professionals working with children, including school teachers and educators, do not have sufficient knowledge about the procedures and actions to be taken when there is a suspicion of violence against a child. In this project we want to improve early detection of cases of violence against children in the family (or situations of high risk of such violence) by implementing local child protection policies in selected 15 municipalities in the Silesian Province. Moreover, we want to develop working methods and tools to increase competences of people who deal with children’s protection against violence. The direct beneficiaries of the project are leaders operating in municipalities invited to participate in the project. We will provide them with trainings, supervision, meetings and conferences, thanks to which they will acquire skills to recognise symptoms of abusive behaviour towards small children. We will develop a methodology for early detection of cases of violence against children or situations of high risk of such violence. The project will result in the adoption of a local policies of protecting children from violence in municipalities participating in the project.