Inauguration of the second stage of the Childhood without Abuse Project
Participants discussed positive and negative aspects of the previous project and made plans for improvement and adjusting ways of implementing project activities to the needs of all interested parties. Activities in 2010, the first year of the project, will be devoted to the issue of children participating in legal procedures. Individual problems of each of the participating countries in this respect have been analyzed and plans for activities that will contribute to solving them made.
After the meeting, coordinators and other members of the project organizations participated in the site visit to the Crisis Centre for Children in Vilnius and Big Brother Big Sister Programme run by the Lithuanian project partner - Children Support Centre.
Crisis Centre provides psychiatrical and psychological support to children from 7 to 17 years of age. They can stay in the Centre for 7 days and afterwards receive ambulatory assistance in the Centre or in the institutions closer to the place of their permanent stay. Children are placed in the centre mostly due to suicidal attempts, self harm or experiences of violence.
Big Brother Big Sister Programme was initiated in Lithuania in 1995 and currently is operating in communities and schools across the country. The basis of the programme is the professionally supported relationship of an adult volunteer and a child, which helps strengthening the child, fosters the child's self-confidence and ability to interact positively with others, as well as care for oneself and others.