Child Rights Centre organised a roundtable “The right of the child to be heard” on 5 December in Belgrade focussing on improvement of child participation in different procedures affecting children in systems of judiciary, education, health care and social protection. The organised roundtable is integral part of the project “The right of the child to be heard”, funded by the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Serbia within the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights, and co-financed from the budget of the Republic of Serbia, with the support of the Office for Cooperation with Civil Society.
Within this project we are preparing child friendly publications and mobile application for children to help them understand the procedures within these systems, as well as a road map for further policy and practice improvements of these systems.
Experts participating at the roundtable – judges of basic, higher and appellate courts, centres for social welfare, centres for foster care and adoption, homes for children, health institutions, schools and relevant ministries – provided valuable suggestions for improvement of the material and exchanged experiences in application of the right of the child to be heard in practice through interactive work in working groups.
Considering that the material is intended for children, they have been involved in the development and design of the material from the very beginning, and the entire content has been previously verified by children themselves, in order to be fully adapted to children and their real needs.