CHILDREN SAID

I have the right to live and play, and it must be heard by everyone.

Jelena, 9 years old

True family should, from the our earliest period, teach us how to love and respect.

Jovana, 16 year old

I have the right and obligation to go to school

Marko, 10 years old

Happy is the Child with the family who love, advice and support them.

Marina, 15 year old

I have the right to be protected and no one can abuse me.

Milan, 6 years old

International Day of Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect is celebrated on the 19th of November with the goal of raising awareness about the harmful effects of all forms of violence against children, encouraging the state to a proactive approach in protecting children and strengthening prevention as a priority task for child protection from various forms of violence, abuse and neglect.

One of the fundamental rights of every child is the right to a safe childhood, growing up in an environment that provides support and respect and where there is no violence, because only such environment fosters development of the child's personality and makes citizens responsible towards themselves and towards others.

International conventions and laws in different sectors made it obligatory that each case of child abuse must be reported, in order to terminate the violence against child and to provide the necessary support for the child in alleviating consequences of the committed deed.

Signed Protocol on Proceedings in Cases of Violence, Abuse or Neglect defines goals, tasks and proceedings in the educational system, health care system, social services and the police.

The lack of response or an inadequate response is the responsibility of each of these systems and the individuals within them, because they did not adequately respond to their legal obligation to protect children from abuse and neglect.

Protection of children from all forms of abuse must be done in two directions. One must be in function of prevention meaning that children from their earliest age must be systematically and continuously educated about this occurrence and, at the same time, education of adults about all challenges children face on daily basis, recognizing problem, and how to seek for help and find solutions must be ongoing.

Second direction demands appropriate reaction against perpetrators of abuse against children.

Therefore, it is necessary to provide:

- implementation of the Protocol in each individual case, regardless of who the perpetrator of violence is, where did violence happen, and what kind of violence we are talking,

- strengthening the capacity of educational system, especially in the education system by introducing programs of prevention from the earliest age of children, the appointment of coordinators in each school, monitoring phenomena and it's their recording,

- strengthening the capacity of social services in the recognition of different forms of violence against children and protection of children by appropriate measures of family legal protection and measures of psychosocial support,

- health department has the obligation to simultaneously report any suspicion that a child is a victim of domestic violence to the center for social work and the police, who, each within their jurisdiction and authority, will take measures to protect the child and his interests,

- strengthening cooperation with non-government organizations that act in a field of protection of children from violence.

Any form of violence leaves lasting effects on a child's development, and usually, children do not speak of it. We must teach children from their earliest age why some secrets should not be kept, we must teach them not to remain silent about violence and not to feel guilty and helpless because they are victims of abuse.

Children do not need compassion but an appropriate response of competent agencies and institutions, as part of their responsibility to fulfill their legal obligations in terms of assistance and support to the child and the prosecution of perpetrators.

On the occasion of the International Day of Children's Rights, the Ombudsman for Children has planned a series of activities, one of which is the Round Table "Implementation of the Protocol on the Proceeding in Cases of Violence, Abuse or Neglect," which will take place on the International Day for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, November 19th 2013 at the School of Economics in Banja Luka, from 11 am to 02pm.

Activities on the occasion of the International Day of the Child:

Monday, November 18th

1. Workshop, "I have Right to Participate", Children's Home "Rada Vranješević", Banja Luka, 02 pm

Tuesday, November 19th

1. Round Table "Implementation of the Protocol on the Procedure in Cases of Violence, Abuse or Neglect," the School of Economics, Banja Luka, from 11:00 am to 02:00 pm

2. "Do you know what violence is?" Workshops for students, Catholic school center, Banja Luka, 10:00 am

Wednesday, November 20th

1. The central event on the occasion of the International Day of Children's Rights, Medical School, Banja Luka, 12.00

2. "Do you know what violence is?" Workshops for students High School Center Foca, Foca

3 "Ombudsman for Children and the Convention on the Rights of the Child" workshop held by Young Advisors,  Primary School "Dositej Obradovic", Doboj

Thursday, November 21st and Friday, November 22nd

1 Media and children, role of journalists in the protection and promotion of children's rights, Jahorina