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National conference “Preventing antisocial behavior and supporting resocialization of children and youth with behavioral problems”


Within the project “Change for Good”, a national conference was held in Belgrade on the topic “Prevention of anti-social behaviour and support to re-socialization of children and youth with behavioural problems”. The first national conference addressing this theme was jointly organized by non-governmental organizations Kokoro from Bor, IAN from Belgrade and Nexus from Vranje, in cooperation with the Centres for Social Work from these three cities.

The conference presented the importance of providing a timely and tailor-made community based social service for the positive development of children and young people from risk groups. The significance of the prevention programs was highlighted, as well as good practice examples and challenges in the implementation of the re-socialization program for children with behavioural problems. Among the speakers were representatives of the licensed Day Care Centres for Children and Youth with behavioural problems from Belgrade, Kragujevac, Bor and Vranje, centres for social work, as well as guests from Tuzla and Bijeljina. They emphasized the importance of the early prevention program to help young people choose the socially acceptable life paths and prevent the consequences of criminal behaviour, both for individuals and for the community. In Serbia, the number of juvenile offenders is continuously increasing, and it is particularly worrying that children are starting to engage in criminal actions at younger ages. Unfortunately, less than 5% of these children are included in some of the rare resocialization programs that exist in the country, and recidivism is higher than 30 percent.

“We all make mistakes in life, but children do not deserve to be marked for them. Our task is to offer juveniles who made mistakes in the past a second chance for resocialization in order to be able to lead a normal life again”, said one of the speakers, Ivan Stojilović, from the Day Care Centre which has been successfully operating within International Aid Network (IAN Telecentar) for more than 4 years.

The need to further expand the network of community actors that provide services in the field of social protection has been pointed out. Particular emphasis was put on the importance of education of children and youth with behavioural problems and keeping them within the education system. All conference participants stressed that changes cannot be expected to happen overnight and that this kind of service requires patient and long-term work with young people, which usually pays off in the end. The conference also presented innovative approaches in Serbia as well as international practices in the implementation of modern programs targeting children with behavioural problems.

The event was attended by the representatives of relevant ministries, academic community, centres for social work Belgrade, Bor and Vranje, Higher Public Prosecutor’s Office and Basic Court in Belgrade, secondary and primary schools, police, non-governmental sector, as well as media representatives.


Detailed programme is available HERE.

Press release is available HERE

About the project “Change for good”

The project “Change for good” contributes to social inclusion and poverty reduction of children and youth with behaviour problems through implementation of the Serbian Social Welfare Law and Social Welfare Development Strategy. This goal is achieved through 1) enhancing resocialisation and preventing anti-social behaviour of children and youth with behaviour problems through tailor-made services in three day-care centres located in Bor, Vranje and Belgrade and 2) establishing and strengthening intersectoral partnership and efficient use of resources in targeted communities aimed at promoting positive development of children and youth at risk.

Тhe Law on juvenile criminal offenders has foreseen implementation of diversion measures and other alternative sanctions in the community as a form of restorative justice. This project has established a community based social protection service aiming to improve the status of children and youth during the process of developing into mature, responsible and comprehensive personality and achieving their full potential

The “European Union Support to Inclusive Society”, a project funded by the European Union with EUR 5.4 million, aims to ensure greater social inclusion of vulnerable groups in Serbia such as elderly, children, minorities including Roma and others. Through the project the EU has granted EUR 4.3 million as 28 grants, which will be implemented in 36 cities and municipalities in Serbia by the end of 2017. The projects implemented by the national and provincial social welfare institutions, municipalities and cities, social welfare centers , citizens associations, foundations, educational institutions and public companies will increase the scope and quality of services at the local level in social and health care, housing, education and employment, and thereby strengthen the social inclusion of vulnerable groups.
The project is implemented by the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia ( ) in cooperation with the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs ( ).
More about the project can be found on

Additional information:

Bor: Milojka Milivojević, KOKORO , Cara Lazara 7 lamela 2, Bor, 030 24 96 760
Beograd: .. Ivan Stojilović, 
IAN Međunarodna mreža pomoći, Đure Daničića 5, Beograd, 011 3229 732
Vranje: Milena Dimitrijević Tomić,
NVO Nexus, Nemanjina 21, Vranje, O17 74 31 484 
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IAN Telecentar
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