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The AudTrain Programme

A Ministerial Forum held in Oslo in 2005, inspired the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) through its Expert Group on Children at Risk to develop a programme including training for professionals in system-based auditing of child welfare facilities. The AudTrain programme was developed under the auspices of the Norwegian Ministry of Children and Family with the support of the Hordaland County Governor. It is based on the child welfare laws, regulations and practice of Norway as well as international standards. The Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat continues to operate and coordinate the AudTrain programme as a training and capacity building initiative in the Baltic Sea Region.

AudTrain trains professionals in system-based auditing of child welfare facilities in line with national laws and regulations as well as international and European standards. The AudTrain method helps to improve the quality of care and services in residential care settings and the wellbeing of children. AudTrain was piloted and tested in a series of training courses and it has been reviewed by leading experts in the region.

The Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat formally established the AudTrain programme in 2011 and in 2015, it launched AudTrain II by commissioning an update of the training manual and the development of a train the trainers’ tool.

The CBSS Expert Group on Children at Risk coordinated AudTrain II in collaboration with the project partners, SOS Children’s Villages in Lithuania, SOS Children’s Villages Association of Estonia and the Ministry of Welfare of Latvia as well as SOS Children’s Villages of Croatia.

AudTrain II builds on experience and practice of monitoring and auditing child welfare facilities and the AudTrain materials aim to harmonise approaches and methods to ensure compliance with national laws and regulations and international standards. The programme responds to gaps and challenges by providing a set of monitoring and auditing tools that can safeguard the rights and needs of children in care. Furthermore, AudTrain gives guidance on how to conduct audits and how to communicate the conclusions and recommendations to management, staff and authorities.

The AudTrain material provides a set of manuals and tools that support the auditing of child welfare facilities, and which guides professionals in applying international standards on children’s rights and alternative care when auditing child welfare facilities. The material describes the requirements that are to be monitored, the division of roles and responsibilities of the involved stakeholders and the monitoring procedure.