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Family outreach worker service providers meet

by , Posted on 18th Jun 2014

A regular quarterly meeting of the “Family outreach worker” service providers was held last Friday in the Republic Institute for Social Protection in Belgrade. The service is supported by UNICEF and “Novak Djokovic” Foundation, in cooperation with the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy. It was pointed out that support has been provided for 143 families in four cities in Serbia – Belgrade, Kragujevac, Nis and Novi Sad.

The aim of this project, which will last for three years and is implemented in agreement with the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy, is to prevent the placement of children under three in institutions, and reduce the number of children in institutions. It is the family which provides the nurturing, loving, and stimulative environment that is conducive to a child’s well-being and healthy development, and is particularly important in the early years.

Today’s gathering is one of the regular activities in which the Family outreach workers share their experiences and challenges they face at work, and receive additional support from the Republic Institute for Social Protection, which coordinates the process of piloting the service. The meeting was an opportunity for the service providers and the Institute to agree on the evaluation of the work, as it is important to make a clear recommendation to the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy on how to develop family support policy.

The Republic of Serbia is strongly committed to work on providing help to all children in need, and to find a solution based on family conditions. The research has clearly demonstrated the negative effects of the institutionalization on the cognitive, social and emotional development of a child.

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