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1. “Towards a system of quality in social protection”

 

This project is supported by Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Policy, its implementation takes 9 months and the main goal of the project is establishment of the journal in the way that should be categorized in the magazine of scientific importance.

Relevant Editorial Board and Journal Council will be established, and Chief Editor will be appointed. The basic idea is an attempt to overcome the existing journal “Aktuelnosti” or reactivation of a magazine with the tradition of scientific importance. One possibility is co-publishing with the Institute for Political Studies and the renewal of magazine "Socijalna politika". In the course of establishing a system of quality, this magazine will be a challenge for many social protection professionals in the process of re-licensing, i.e. getting acquisition points by publishing original works.

The project envisages the preparation and issuance of three copies of the magazine with such a quality of publications and standards that will pave the way for ensuring the status of the journal scientific importance.

 

 

 

2. Strengthening the role of centres for social work in supporting vulnerable families with children at risk of placement into care

 

This project was supported by UNICEF in the IPA 2013 program of the European Comission in Serbia with the aim to strenghten relevan stakeholders in the system of social protection in the area of family separation prevention with the focus on families of children with disabilities.

Project results:

  • Research and analysis on the social protection practice in working with families of children with disabilities published in the journal ’’News’’, No 1/2 2015.
  • Draft of the Instruction on conduct of centres for social work in organizing help and support to families in risk of separation created and delivered to MoLESV, as well as published in the journal ’’News’’, No 1/2 2015.
  • List of indicators for determining the risk of family separation created, piloted, finalized published and distributed to all centres for social work as well as other relevant organizations and institutions that provide support to children with disabilities and their families.
  • One day training program The role of centre for social work in organizing support and help to families in risk of separation created and accredited by the MoLESV. Total of 27 trainings organized around Serbia with 5019 participants from the social protection system mainly centres for social work but also other organizations.

Guidelines for centres for social work for permanency planning for children created, published and distributed in the system of social protection.
One day training program for implementation of Guidelines for centres for social work for permanency planing for children created and submitted for accreditation. The training was organized 29 times during this project and there were 511 participants from centres for social work around Serbia.

Duration of the project: 20 months, August 2014 to May 2016.

 

 

 

 

3. TEMPUS Program - “Empowering high education - Contribution of the development of social policy and social services”

 

The aim of the project Strengthening Higher Education for Social Policy making and Social Services delivery (SHESPSS) is to strengthen higher education in the field of social policy making and social services delivery through developing new study programmes, improving existing study programmes and establishing effective links between academic programs and social/labour market needs.

 

Project is implemented in an international Consortium of Universities and Faculties and Association of professionals in social protection participates in these activities in the area of education needs assessment and improvement of study programs for social work and social policy (Faculty of political science, Department for Social Work and Social Policy). Association is also participating in the process of evaluation of the need for new social work programs and their establishment in several towns and Universities (Nis, Novi Sad, Kragujevac) as well as programs for some new occupation such as – social educator, social analyst etc.

 

Duration of the project was two years, 2014 – 2016, and responsible organization is Faculty of Philosophy, University of Nis

 

 

 

4. Development of capacities of professionals in social protection  

 

This project is supported by Ministry of labour, employment, veteran and social affairs and it is aimed at raising capacities of practitioners in social protection through publishing two issues of the magazine ’’Social policy’’ and one two-issue of the magazine ’’Aktuelnosti’’. Central theme of this project is defining answers to some open questions arising from social work practice in centres for social work but also in other institutions and organizations in the system of social protection mainly in the area of domestic violence but also other issues. Activities consist of series of expert meetings with representatives of justice and social protection systems, institutes for social protection and other relevant stakeholders competent to address the issue of putting normative framework into practice.

 

Expert meetings will be followed by a national conference where the integrated opinions and recommendations will be presented and other relevant topics addressed according to the needs of professionals attending.

 

Duration of the project is 12 months, 2016 – 2017.

 

 

5. ‘’Social services development – way towards improvement of vulnerable groups position in society’’
 

Association organized 3 round tables in municipalities (Bogatic, Ljig and Bac) that didn’t so far establish any social service and haven’t allocated funds in the local budget to support establishment of services. These structured exchange sessions brought together representatives of centres for social work and other service providers and NGO representatives as well as decision makers in the local communities with the aim of sharing knowledge and information about importance of services development for improvement of position of vulnerable groups. Topics of the sessions will include possible funding opportunities, local needs and methodology for assessment and experiences and examples of good practice from municipalities that have a developed system of services. During the project implementation municipality of Ljig started a project supported by Ministry of Labour Employment Social and Veteran Affairs (MoLESVA)  for establishment of home care service for elderly.
One day conference was organized in Vrnjacka banja in cooperation with Association of Centres for Social Work and MoLESVA for representatives of all 40 municipalities participating in the project with the aim of experience exchange in the area of service development and sustainability. Final purpose of the project is supporting the institutional development and creating precondition for establishment of services in communities where they didn’t exist and where local governments haven’t been willing to provide funds for their financing.
An issue of the professional journal ’’News’’ was edited in a way to support the efforts of the project and provide information to local representatives about possibilities for service development and the importance of the process for vulnerable groups. It is important to note that the implementation of the project coincided with the 20th anniversary of the Association so all activities were organized in order to honor the jubilee.
 Duration of the project: 6 months in the period January-July 2014  (implementation prolonged due to the floods that affected Serbia in june 2014)
 
 

6. ’’Using quality professional journal as a mean to enhance competences in the system of social protection’’
 

This project was implemented in cooperation with the Institute for political studies in Belgrade and supported by MoLESVA with the aim to prepare and publish three issues of the professional journal ‘’Social policy’’ and organize three round tables for the promotion of these issues. The editorial board of the journal ‘’Social Policy’’ decided that the topics of the issues are gender equality, pathways from institutionalization to community care and understanding the needs of elderly in contemporary society. Round tables were organized in Sremska Mitrovica, Belgrade and Vranje. A meeting of the Editorial board and the Council of the journal was organized at the end of 2014. in Belgrade where the experiences so far were analysed and it was concluded that further efforts are necessary in order for the journal to be ranked higher at the list of scientific journals published by the Ministry of Education and Science.
   
7. ’’Post institutional care – reintegration of juvenile offenders into social environment ‘’
 

This project was implemented with the support of International Management Group (IMG) under the umbrella project aimed at reforming the juvenile justice system in Serbia. During this project the training program ‘’Juvenile offenders reintegration into social environment’’ was developed and four trainings were organized in Nis, Knjazevac, Belgrade and Krusevac in the period from the 5th until the 17th of December 2014.
Total of 107 professionals from centres for social work and correctional institutions attended the trainings and they gave valuable input on the current reintegration practices as well as needs of young people in their communities, obstacles and necessary resources for implementation of a structured approach to reintegration throughout the country.
 
 
8. ’’Strengthening the system of social protection to provide more effective support to families – inclusion of children with disability’’
 

This project was a five month preparation for IPA 2013 realized by UNICEF and MoLESV. Association was recognized as an organization able to analyse the scope of the national document adopted by MoLESV ‘’Program of measures for correcting irregularities in allowing residential placement of children in institutions for social protection’’, with the aim of revision of the document or development of a new more effective one. The purpose of the project was development of guidelines for case managers for the process of assessment and recognition of risk of institutionalization and enhancement of skills necessary for supporting families of children with disabilities.
First component of the project consisted of six focus groups with representatives of centres for social work, parents of children with disabilities and staff from the institutions for children with disabilities. The main result of the project is development of Analysis of social protection practice in working with families of children with disabilities and development of a new document Guidelines for practice of centres for social in working with families in risk from separation adopted by MoLESV. Second component was focused on the support to the process of revision of the Law on Social Protection and it resulted in suggestions and recommendations for amendments.
Duration of the project: 5 months, from January to May 2015
 
 
 

9. ’’Supporting the process of strategic planning in the Association ’’
 

In the project lasting six months Association received technical support by TASCO to perform the process of strategic planning for the period 2016-2020.  The support consisted of provision of technical consultancy and operative preconditions for organization of two two-day workshops, 15 participants each.
This project was an opportunity to reflect on achievements so far and develop strategic goals and expected results for the future. Several important partners of the Association were included in the process as well as important stakeholders in the system of social protection from public, NGO and private sector.
The goal of the project was achieved and the Strategy for the period 2016-2020 was developed.  
 Duration of the project: 6 months, from November 2015 – February 2016

 

10. ’’ Supporting further development of quality in social protection system’’
 

The project was supported by MoLESV and the main activities of the project were aimed at continuation of publishing of a scientific journal ’’Social policy in cooperation with Institute for Political Studies. Four issues were prepared and published and four round tables organized for promotion of these issues in Knjazevac, Prijepolje, Negotin and Rekovac where all relevant stakeholders in the area of social protection took part and actively participated in the discussion. The topics of the issues/round tables were protection of victims of domestic violence, support to persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups.
Two conferences were organized in Divcibare and Vrnjacka banja in cooperation with Association of Centres for Social Work with a significant number of participants from centres for social work and other service providers in Serbia. MoLESV actively participated in both preparation and realization of both conferences.
Project duration: 12 months form December 2015 to December 2016.
 
 

11. Strengthening of the Social Protection System in Serbia - Provision of Support to Migrant/Refugee Children at Extreme Risk
 

This project was implemented with the support of UNICEF aimed at strengthening capacities of social protection system in Serbia to answer to the needs of children migrants/refugees at extreme risk as well as unaccompanied children. Experiences of all relevant actors were gathered and analysed and the project resulted in revision of an Instruction for conduct in the system of social protection with migrants and development of new Guidelines. Technical support and supervision was provided to centres for social work and service providers in all main locations and trainings were organized aimed at developing skills among all frontline professionals for assessment and identification of most vulnerable children.
Main project results were:
1. Research on the response of the social protection system to the needs of children migrant refugees conducted and  results published in the journal Social Policy
2. Innovated Instruction for conduct of centres for social work and social protection institutions in providing protection and accommodation to unaccompanied child migrants drafted and submitted to MoLESV
Duration of the project: 9 months,   January to September 2016.

 

 

 


 

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