National meetings in Estonia, Sweden, and Latvia

In the countries where expert trainings will be organised, stakeholders were invited to give input to the national adaptation of the training and to get acquainted with the training.

The meetings were held in:

Tallinn, at the Ministry of Social Affairs, Gonsiori 29
Monday the 14th of November, 11 o’clock.

Stockholm, at the Secretariat of the Council of the Baltic Sea States, Slussplan 9, 2nd fl
Tuesday the 15th of November, 12.30.

Riga, at the State Inspectorate for the Protection of Children’s Rights, Ventspils Street 53
Monday the 5th of December, 15.00

Pilot training in Estonia 26 – 29 March

On the 26th to 29th of March 14 Estonian experts participated in the first pilot training. The training took place in Haapsalu, 100 km from Tallinn on the west coast of Estonia.

The training materials had all been translated into Estonian and the training as such was conducted in English. The participating experts’ views will be carefully collected including the pre-training form they all completed. The evaluation of the training will be carefully and systematically analysed in order for the training to be revised and the materials to be made as useful as possible.

Below are some initial comments from the trainees:

– The training was very useful, especially the roleplays and the practical excercises.

– The topic (systematic auditing) was very interesting. As most people doing the audits do not have any methods how to process the audit, it was most necessary and also motivating to take part in such training.

– One participant expressed the view of having gained a lot from the training and got a different point of view how to improve the quality of the institution.

– First day (theory and operationalizing the legislation) was a bit difficult, but it was extremely interesting, intensive and necessary. Guidance and supervision by the trainers was essential and welcomed by all groups.

– This way of auditing really gives the institution the possibility to learn from the nonconformities, being supported rather than being criticized and do better in implementing children rights.

– One participant said that it was very valuable to have the possibility to compare the practices with their own work and analyze how to adapt the new information to their present methods.

AudTrain Brochure in pdf

Please find attached the AudTrain brochure in pdf. Feel free to disseminate in your networks.

AudTrain brochure

AudTrain Final conference: Presentations available

The final conference within the AudTrain project was held on December 10 – 11 2012 in Radisson Blu Conference Centre in Tallinn.

The presentations from the conference can be accessed below:


Systematic Audit of Child Residential Care – Putting child rights at the centre

Organised with the support of the EU Lifelong Learning Programme 

Agenda and presentations: 

Welcome addresses: Mr Aleksander Ljudvig, Deputy Secretary General on Social Policy, Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs; H.E. Lars Sponheim, County Governor of Hordaland, Norway                               

EGCC, AudTrain and the regional work protecting the rights of the child in alternative care, Mr Lars Lööf, Head of Children’s Unit, AudTrain project co-ordinator [PDF]

Systematic Audit of Child Residential Care, Mr Eric Backer-Røed, Office of the County Governor of Hordaland, Norway [PDF]

Evaluation of the AudTrain training: An overview of how experts in three countries assess the training experience, Dr Cecilia Kjellgren, Lecturer, Linnaeus University, Sweden

Children’s rights at the centre of Auditing of alternative care - International conventions put into practice, Mr Bragi Gudbrandsson, Government Agency for Child Protection, Iceland. [PDF]

 Rights of the child in Estonian residential care – some conclusions from inspection visits, Ms Margit Sarv, Senior Adviser, Children’s Rights Department, Office of the Chancellor of Justice.[PDF]

Child residential care auditing in Sweden and the child helpline - Practical experiences of auditing, Ms Gunilla Westerdahl and Mr Gabriel Olsson, Swedish National Board of Health and Social Welfare.[PDF]

Young people in care: Do they note the audit? Dr Ian Milligan, International lead, University of Strathclyde, Scotland [PDF]

Examples of Audit systems in countries in the region, Ms Liga Berzina, Chief Inspector, The State Inspectorate for the Protection of Children’s Rights, Latvia. [PDF]

Experiencing Systematic Audit training IRL: Mr Eric Backer-Røed, Office of the County governor of Hordaland, Norway; Ms Anniki Tikerpuu, Ministry of Social Affairs, Estonia

Interviewing children and young people - Practical guidance on how to include the voice of the child and the young person in the auditing, Ms Þorbjörg Sveinsdóttir, Psychologist, Barnahus, Iceland.[PDF] Film [MP4]

Historical abuse in child residential care – What can we learn from the past? Mr Anders Nyman, Secretary to the Swedish national enquiry into maltreatment of children in care. [PDF]Mr Mattias Katsch, Speaker of the German organisation: “Eckiger Tish”, (Square table) organising survivors of sexual abuse in catholic educational institutions in Germany. [PDF]