CHILDREN SAID

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

I have the right and obligation to go to school

Marko, 10 years old

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

Ministry of Family, Youth and Sports and the Ombudsman for Children of Republic of Srpska have organized a Round Table "Implementation of the Protocol on Proceedings in Cases of Violence, Abuse or Neglect," that was held on the occasion of the International Day of Children's Rights and on the International Day of Prevention of Abuse and Neglect of Children. The goal of the Round Table was to emphasize the importance of identifying all cases of child abuse and neglect in order to have timely reaction so the adequate measures to protect the child can be taken.

Minister of Family, Youth and Sports, Professor Nada Tešanović, addressed participants and she pointed out that the whole society must confront those who threaten the mental and physical health of the child.

Ombudsman for Children, LLM Nada Grahovac stressed that any violence against children is a serious threat to a child's development and that it is necessary to recognize all of its forms and provide timely support and assistance to the child.

Assistant to the Ministry of Family, Youth and Sports, Slavica Kuprešanin, presented the Protocol, tracking sheets for data collection on violence and instructions on maintaining records for all competent institutions.

Practical examples were presented by Ombudsman for Children of RS, representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Centers for Social Work and Elementary Schools.

In the discussion that followed, the signing of the Protocol has been hailed as a quality contribution to the networking of institutions and their joint action in protection of a child, emphasized was the need to introduce violence prevention programs in educational system as well as the need for training of employees in all subjects of protection and the obligation to reciprocal continuous cooperation at local and national level.