Children have the right to a non-violent upbringing, to guidance and positive reinforcement.

Dear Parents, Hug Your Children and Tell Them You Love Them

Published: 18.01.2017. | Blog

Dear parents, hug your children as often as you can. Tell them you love them, trust them and believe in them. Do not think you will spoil them (spoiling is when you do their chores instead of them). On the contrary, abundant hugs and expressions of love help them grow into self-confident, happy, self-aware and responsible persons who will be able to make wise and mature decisions.

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It is our responsibility to admit that child sexual abuse happens in our society

Published: 01.01.2017. | Blog

The theme of child sexual abuse is difficult, it is met with resistance and a need to look elsewhere both in professionals and other people. However, it is our responsibility to admit that the problem exists, that it is certainly present in our society and that we have moral, professional and legal responsibility to act.

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How much time children in Croatia use the Internet and Facebook and risks

Published: 17.10.2013. | Blog

The Brave Phone and The Child Protection Center of Zagreb conducted research this year about the experience and behaviour of children on the Internet and Facebook social network on the sample of 1489 children in Croatia aged 11 to 18, in rural and urban schools.

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We are celebrating 10th anniversary of the Center’s work

Published: 28.01.2013. | Blog

Thanks to all parents and children for the trust they have put in us. As a mental health professional with many years of experience, I know how much courage and trust is necessary to talk about difficult issues our Center deals with.

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Marking the 50th anniversary since dr Kempe defined the battered child syndrome

Published: 30.04.2012. | Blog

Publishing Dr Kempe's paper in the prestigious scientific journal on 7 July 1962, has been considered to have been the most significant event in creating the awareness of the existence of child abuse and of the professionals' responsibility to protect children.

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Our Child Protection Center in the European Union

Published: 02.02.2012. | Blog News

I have been invited to present our practice of hearing children-victims during the criminal pre-trial in the child friendly environment. The presentation took place at the Council of Europe Strasbourg Seminar on 9 February 2012. The Council of Europe data show that one in five children in Europe has been a victim of some form of sexual abuse: incest, pornography, prostitution, trafficking, seduction via the Internet, sexual exploitation and sexual abuse.

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Child Protection Center of Zagreb in the campaign World Without Child Sexual Abuse

Published: 13.03.2011. | Blog

Yuriy Sergeyev, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN, Maude de Boer-Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe and Gordana Buljan Flander, Child Protection Center of Zagreb International standards in the prevention of child sexual abuse were discussed within the promotion of the Council of Europe campaign 'One in Five' at the high-level round table in the United Nations. The round table was held within the 55 Session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York on 28 February 2011.

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Victims of Bullying Are in Need of Adults’ Help

Published: 18.12.2010. | Blog

We have been coping with peer bullying for years, and yet, we seem to be utterly surprised when public attention is caught with a case of bullying, which is usual everyday life for many children. According to research conducted in Croatia, every fourth child is exposed to some form of peer bullying. Despite laws and protocols, we often react only when severe psychological or physical abuse has already taken place.

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Positive parenting requires society support

Published: 14.11.2010. | Blog

I am proud that the campaign 'Raise your hand against smacking' organised by the Council of Europe was launched in Croatia. I am also proud that Croatia introduced a ban on corporal punishment of children in its legislation in 1999. It ranked Croatia among the most progressive European countries. I believe that the development of a society may be assessed by how its systems protect children.

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Psychologist in every school and every health center

Published: 13.02.2010. | Blog

Only a little more than 20 psychologists work with children in the Health care system of Croatia. These days, discussions about how the economic recession is going to affect us are increasingly popular. The neglected aspect in these discussions is how the shortage of financial resources for public expenditure is going to affect the interventions when children are at stake, i.e. the prevention of problems children and families are facing. Restrictions on various expenditures are expected and it is reasonable to think about what consequences it is going to have on the budgets of institutions dealing with children and their families.

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My parents are divorcing

My parents are divorcing

Series of advice for children and parents about how to overcome and reduce trauma during divorce.

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Am I upbringing my child properly?

Am I upbringing my child properly?

Answers to parents’ usual questions about children upbringing from birth to adolescence.

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Child abuse and neglect

Child abuse and neglect

Help for professionals and parents to recognise symptoms of child abuse and to respond appropriately.

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