7-8 June 2017 – ARTIS Centrum Hotels, Vilnius, Lithuania
The AudTrain conference brings together high-level officials and professionals from the Baltic Sea Region who are involved in alternative care and in the monitoring of childcare facilities. The conference engages the participating experts in a discussion of the relevance of monitoring for national childcare services. The agenda includes sessions on quality care, the role of national authorities and an introduction to the AudTrain method. The AudTrain method is based upon inspection and system-based audit. Through this method, AudTrain enables auditors of child welfare facilities to identify shortcomings and the underlying causes within the organisational structure and management system. This type of monitoring holds a large learning potential for the facility and the supervisory authority. The audit is carried out in consultation with the staff and management and is informed by the children. The children are central in the audit as experts on their own lives.
About the AudTrain Programme – Shawnna von Blixen
Introducing the AudTrain advocacy material – Shawnna von Blixen
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- Rūta Pabedinskienė, Chief specialist of Children division, Ministry of Social Security and Labou, Lithuania
- Lauris Neikens, Senior Expert of Child and Family Department, Ministry of Welfare of the Republic of Latvia
- Lidija Petrović, Advisor of the Ombudsperson for Children, Croatia
- Vladimir Svet, Legal Advisor of the Chancellor of Justice, Office of the Chancellor of Justice of Estonia, Estonia
Daja Wenke, CBSS researcher and consultant, presenting the rights of children in alternative care.
- Moderated by Anniki Lai, consultant and co-author of the AudTrain Method
- Liudovika Pakalkaite, Manager, SOS Children’s Villages, Lithuania
- Božidar Petrinec, Senior Inspector, and Martina Štabi, Head of service for support to institutions and other social service providers, Ministry for Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy, Croatia
- Signe Sula, Senior Specialist, Social Insurance Board, Estonia
- Inga Krastiņa, Director of the Children’s Rights Protection Department, and Dagne Frankoviča, Chief Inspector, The State Inspectorate for Protection of Children’s Rights, Latvia
- Julia Kovalenko, Children’s Rights Adviser, SOS Children’s Villages Estonia, presenting advice and lessons learned for ensuring quality care for children of all ages, abilities, and origins – including unaccompanied and minority children.
- Thorbjörg Sveinsdóttir, Forensic Interviewer and Psychologist, Barnahus Iceland, presenting her experience using best practice techniques for talking to young children, children with disabilities and unaccompanied minors.
- Florence Treyvaud-Nemtzov, SOS Children’s Villages International, and Kresimir Makvic, National Advocacy Advisor, SOS Children’s Villages Croatia, presenting the “Training Professionals Working with Children in Care” project and the right to participation and the importance of training professionals in alternative care in hearing and acting upon what the children in their care have to say about their lives – regardless of age, abilities, or origin. She will also present two new tools: Securing Children’s Rights: A Guide for Professionals Working in Alternative Care and Realising Children’s Rights: A training manual for care professionals working with children in alternative care.
- Fouzy Kikadidi, a young woman from France, presenting the work the young people did in the project, including their work in developing and delivering their own training module to care professionals.