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Theory and practice together to the best interests of the child


А round table on „ Theory and practice together to the best interests of the child “ was organized in the frames of the project „Change for good“. It was realized jointly by the Faculty for Special Education and Rehabilitation and IAN International Aid Network. Representatives of the academic community, centres for social work and day care centres for children with behavior problems pointed out the importance of synergetic approach to resocialization of this group of children through community based services.


Model of work in Day care centres for children and youth in Belgrade, Bor and Vranje was presented including positive experiences in cooperation of public and civil sector in the community. The participants emphasized the need to further expand the network of actors in the respective communities that provide social care services. Special accent was put on the importance of education of children and youth with behaviour problems and preventing their drop out from the education system.  One of the goals of the round table was to raise awareness of the local stakeholders about the importance of early intervention and prevention of antisocial behavior of youth through community based services. This event was intended primarily for the academic community, so as to present practical experiences of the three Day care centres and discuss the possibilities for establishing stronger links between theory and practice. The round table brought about great interest of the participants and resulted in a lively and productive discussion between the key speakers, representatives of Day care centres and students.


Project objectives were presented at the round table underlying the importance of intersectoral cooperation necessary for provision of good quality service to children and youth with behavior problems, as well as the last indicators of importance of such services in a local community. The participants were also informed about the significance of early detection and prevention of antisocial behavior of youth through the community based service. “We all make mistakes, but kids don’t deserve to be labelled because of them. Our mission is to offer an opportunity for resocialization to minors that have made mistakes in the past, or simply had been living in difficult circumstances, so they can again have a normal life” –  says Ivan Stojilovic, manager of IAN Day Care Centre. He adds “it is important that these kids are aware that our support is not limited, because such changes need time”.

The round table was attended by the representatives of the academic community, centers for social work from Belgrade, Bor and Vranje, higher public prosecution, representatives from primary and seconday schools, partners from “Kokoro” from Bor and Nexus Vranje, and the media.

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

Presentations from the Round table:

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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