50 professionals and officials from Finland, Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Norway and Sweden participated in a training session on the 20th and 21th of September in Helsinki, Finland.
This was the third of a series of trainings which aim to build capacity by providing relevant tools and cross-national good practices that are rooted in international and European standards. Each training features participants and special expertise from the host country. Tthe training in Helsinki had several renowned speakers such as Venla Roth from the National Rapporteur office on Trafficking in Human Beings, Sirpa Kansanaho from the Oulu reception center and Tobias Van Treeck from the IOM. In addition, Line Ruud Vollebaek gave direct insight into the situation of young people that she encountered in the streets of Oslo as an outreach worker.
The training series also aims to foster networking and cooperation between officials and professionals from the Nordic countries, Baltic countries and North West Russia. The training modules, derived from the Guidelines Promoting the Human Rights and the Best Interests of the Child in Transnational Child Protection Cases (EN, LT, LV, RU, EE, FI) are developed by Turid Heiberg, Daja Wenke and Maia Rusakova.