On 7-8 June 2017 in Vilnius, the final conference of the AudTrain II project brought 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 engaged the participating experts in a discussion of the relevance of monitoring for national childcare services. The agenda included sessions on quality care, the role of national authorities and an introduction to the AudTrain method. The conference advocated for the importance of taking a child rights approach to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of children in alternative care.
The AudTrain II project 2015-2017 revived the CBSS AudTrain Programme. The project updated the training materials from 2011-2013 and trained 40 new auditors. A module to educate AudTrain trainers was developed and 20 new trainers were trained. Advocacy material was developed by the project and launched at the conference. The project was co-funded by the European Commission.
Launched in 2011, the AudTrain Programme has increased the capacity and skills among professionals who audit and monitor the situation for children in alternative care. It also enhanced children’s rights to be heard, to be safe and secure and to be supported in their development while in residential care. The Programme applies a child rights approach through a system-based auditing methodology in child care facilities. The Programme is based on a Norwegian initiated method.
The AudTrain method 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.