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Training of professionals of «Hope For Children» CRC Policy Center and representatives of governmental institutions within the context of the EU project “PROMISE II”

‘Hope For Children’ CRC Policy Center, organized a three day training for professionals who handle cases of sexual abuse against children, within the framework of the EU funded project “PROMISE II” (REC-CHILD-AG-2016-01_764236). The training focused on Forensic Interviewing and specifically interviewing children from vulnerable groups. The agenda of the training also included the issue of conflicting divorces and parental alienation.

The training was conducted by Ms. Þorbjörg Sveinsdóttir, psychologist and forensic interviewer of the Children’s House (Barnahus) in Iceland and by Ms. Ana Marija Spanic, psychologist at the Child and Youth Protection Center in Zagreb, Croatia. Through their extensive experience, the trainers emphasized on the use of protocols for conducting forensic interviews to children with learning and cognitive difficulties. More specifically, children with physical disabilities, developmental and communication problems, mental disabilities and behavioral disorders.

The aim of the training was to enrich the knowledge of professionals working with children who are involved in cases of sexual abuse or exploitation, as well as the adoption of in-depth interviewing techniques adjusted to the needs of every child. Part of the training was also dedicated to the handling of cases involving conflicting divorces and as a result parental alienation.

The training was attended by the staff of «Hope For Children» CRC Policy Center working at the Children’s House, by representatives from the Social Welfare Services, the Cyprus Police Cyprus, specifically the special investigators’ unit handling cases of sexual abuse all over Cyprus, and the Judicial Body. Representatives of the Law Office of the Republic of Cyprus, the Mental Health Services, and the Ministry of Education and Culture also participated in the training.

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