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Seminar with international participation “Strategic and Operative Management in the Social Protection of the Child. Monitoring, Assessment, Efficiency”

Bucharest, May 4, 2017, Parliament Palace, ˮAvram Iancuˮ Hall

Seminar with international participation

“Strategic and Operative Management in the Social Protection of the Child. Monitoring, Assessment,  Efficiency “

Synthesis of the event

Consistent with the mission assumed since the beginning, FICE Romania (International Federation of Educational Communities, Section Romania) has the same interest and the same social, pragmatic and actional involvement in promoting and respecting children’s rights in Romania, focusing on their component of special protection.Such an actional measure was represented by the seminar with international participation on the topic “Strategic and Operative Management in the Social Protection of the Child. Monitoring, Assessment, Efficiency”, organized by FICE Romania in Bucharest on may 4, 2017, together with one of the constant partners, Association of Directors from DGASPC, AD-DGASPC, in a joint approach to the two main areas targeted at all activities undertaken by the organization, education and social work, proposing in this framework the promotion of viable training models for managers from social services, public and private, aimed at the child social protection, in order to improve public policies, actional practices on child and family protection.The host of the event was also this time the Senate of Romania, through the Committee for European Affairs, whose president is Senator Gabriela Crețu, being also   Vice-President of FICE Romania.

The scientific manifestation, marked by ideas and practical and social solutions in the social sense, had a high scientific status, ensured both by academic participation and the competition of prestigious professionals in the field of child protection and education, within the country (from the Vaslui, Iasi, Arges, Constanta, Neamt, Alba, Tulcea, Calarasi, Bacau, Vrancea, Arad, Timis, Mures, Maramures, Covasna, Cluj, Ialomita and Bucharest counties) from the central or county and local authorities.The international seminar was attended by approximately 80 specialists in the field of education, social protection and justice, both in the public and private spheres and was moderated by Mr. Ionel Armeanu-Stefanica, the director of DGASPC Vaslui, a           well-known personality from the sphere of social services at national level.In the opening of the seminar Prof. Toma Mares, President of FICE Romania, pointed out the necessity of a professional managerial act, based on modern scientific concepts and at the same time on the understanding of the specifics of the protection institutions and the development needs of the child in the special protection system.

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Recommended: “Residential Child and Youth Care in a Developing World”

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Tuhinul Islam, PhD and Leon Fulcher, PhD – editors

ISBN 978-1-928212-20-1   (ebook)
Published: August 2016
Pages: 337
Dimensions: 135 x 215mm / 5,3 x 8,46 inches

This volume will unsettle the beliefs of legal, policy and rights advocates who think residential care has no place in the continuum of services for children and youths. No attempt is made to diminish harms served up to generations of children in the name of residential care, education, and treatment. That history is exposed as part of a Western colonial history involving the servitude of children, highlighting local practices that are nothing short of life-saving.

– Emeritus Professor Gale Burford, University of Vermont

This collection offers a cross-cultural exploration of critical aspects in the residential care of children and young people, illustrated by narratives from countries that rarely feature in the Western literature. Probing beyond contemporary discourses, a deeper investigation is offered into what integrative services in diverse contexts might look like. Instead of focusing on whether or not residential care is desirable, it examines the notion of quality care in developing countries and poses questions about how non-Western policy and practice perspectives may offer more fruitful outcomes for young people than have been considered previously.

– Dr Rika Swanzen, Associate Professor, Child & Youth Development, Monash South Africa

Residential Child and Youth Care in a Developing World -European PerspectivesEuroPerspectivescover

Tuhinul Islam, PhD and Leon Fulcher, PhD – editors

ISBN 978-1-928212-28-7   (ebook)
Published: May 2017
Pages: 373
Dimensions: 135 x 215mm / 5,3 x 8,46 inches

I congratulate you for this amazing effort to collect “stories” of Residential Child and Youth Care worldwide! In trying to meet the individual needs of children and young people who can’t live with their family, a variety of quality services and settings is required. Our 60 years of experience in delivering preventive services to families and providing direct care for children and young people – currently in 134 countries – reinforces messages shared in this Volume: It takes financial resources as well as dedicated and well-trained people to provide quality care for our world’s most vulnerable children.

Elisabeth Ullmann-Gheri
Care Advisor, SOS Children’s Villages International
Innsbruck, Austria

This is a most welcome publication that, during the next decade, could help shape residential care for young people across the European Union and beyond. Residential child and youth care continues to form an essential part of child welfare services throughout Europe. All countries in this study care about their children and young people in residential care – the challenge is to care for these young people with personalised, needs-led nurturing.

Gabrielle Graham, M.Litt, PhD
Child and Youth Care Consultant, Greystones, Ireland
Dublin Institute of Technology (retired)


The President of FICE International, Hrmann Radler visited FICE member Estonian Union of Child Welfare

Some weeks ago i had the great opportunity to meet our valued member Estonian Union of Child Welfare. I got a deep insight to their former and current work for children in need  in Estonia.
We had a very fruitful round table with Mrs. Signe Riisalo, Head of Child Welfare Policy, Department of Children and Families, Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs. During this round table we had a very interesting exchange about actual developments in the field  of child and youth care in Estonia.
I hope that this visit was the beginning of a closer and more intensive collaboration.
Hermann Radler, President of FICE International,
Vice-president of FICE Europe,
President of FICE Austria

Review of the Federal Council meeting, Conference and Professional Exchange visit in Kenya

In the period from 26 March to 2 April FICE International carried out Federal Council meeting, Conference, Professional Exchange visit and Study Visits in Kenya. The events were organized by FICE Kenya in cooperation with FICE International and FICE Austria.

On 26 and 27 March professionals from FICE National Sections in Austria, the Netherlands, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria and Australia, as well as a representative of the partner organization RELAF from Argentina, took part in a professional exchange with local organizations. They had a chance to observe the daily activities and work of these organizations. Each of the participating professionals spent the evening and night with the family of their Kenyan counterparts, which allowed them to immerse fully in the atmosphere of this lovely country, to gain understanding about the life of the Kenyan family and community. They were warmly welcomed and shared moments of friendliness, mutual understanding and acceptance, cultural exchange.



During the professional exchange, Jennifer Brooker(FICE Australia) held three trainings with Mentors and Adolescent Girls and Young Women from Make me Smile Kenya.

  • Mentorship training helped mentors develop each mentor’s knowledge and skills to become a more effective and confident when engaging with their mentees.
  • Employability skills- All young people need a set of skills and attributes that will prepare them for both employment and further learning. The Employability Skills Framework includes what employers think makes a good employee. The personal attributes and key skills are were discussed at length.

Another training was carried out by Gitta Griffioen and Haane Peerenboom(FICE Netherlands) on the topic of sexual abuse, covering the following topics:

  1. The situation of sexual abuse in the Dutch youth care over 60 years
  2. Research Samson, what makes it happen and how to prevent it
  3. “Talk to me about sexuality”, attention to the normal sexual development of children
  4. Prevention program “Flag system”
  5. How to use the “Flag system” in Kenya, discussion

Jennifer Brooker(FICE Australia), Jennifer Davidson(CELCIS;IICF) and FICE-Kenya staff held two meetings with The Deputy Vice Chancellor Maseno University, various Deans of schools of Maseno University and Make Me Smile Kenya. The Agenda was Introduction of Child and Youth Care Work as a discipline in the University.

28 March was the day of the Federal Council meeting of FICE International. Delegates from Austria, the Netherlands, Serbia, Bulgaria, Australia, South Africa, Zambia, Scotland, as well as the representative of RELAF. Representatives of membership applicants from Croatia and Bangladesh were also present at the meeting. The Federal Council accepted four new associate members: FICE Croatia, FICE Denmark, FICE Bangladesh and SOS Children’s villages International. The meeting began with a short memorial of Carol Kelly, who passed away a short time before the events in Kenya. All of the delegates who knew her shared memories and experiences that they had with her throughout the years.


A conference on the topic “Child and youth care in a developing world – global perspectives” took place on 29 March. Distinguished experts from Adrica, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia shared  different points of view on the topic, related to the specific problems in their region. Each of the panels was followed by a heated professional discussions.


During the conference, a special memorial of Carol Kelly, organized by FICE Kenya, took place. Pupils from Maseno Girls Primary School, adorned in white T-Shirts each bearing a photo of the late Carol Kelly and a national emblem of all of the FICE national sections, sang songs praising the role of a mother that the late Carol represented. Watch a video of the song


After the conference, the participants enjoyed together traditional food, music and dances during the “Cultural night”. It contributed to their full immersion in the atmosphere and traditions of Kenya.  After the long and tiring day everyone was eager to take part in this celebration of African culture. The program continued with a  short theatre, prepared by a group of talented young people. Using acting and comedy, the youth presented a very serious problem, that professionals in Kenya are facing, namely early pregnancies.


In the next day, the program continued with visits to local institutions and organizations, providing social services for children and young people at risk.


Afterwards the participants had the chance to visit one of the most famous landmarks of Kisumu – “Kit Mikayi” and to watch the sunset over the Lake Victoria.


The next days presented a real adventure for the participants – a safari in the National Game Resort “Masai Mara”. The delegates had a chance to enjoy the beautiful nature and to observe various animals in their natural environment. The meeting with the Masai tribe also contributed to the full immersion of the participants in the traditions of Kenya. They were warmly welcomed and learned interesting stories about the tribe’s way of living, which has been preserved throughout the years and   still follows the traditions of their ancestors.


Undoubtedly, this was an extraordinary experience both on the professional and cultural point of view.

Reports of the participants:

Barbara Kolm from Austria(in German)

Sonja Radler from Austria(in German)

Report by the South African Delegation(in English)

Ljiljana Ban from Croatia (in Croatian)

Emmanuel Grupper from Israel(in Hebrew)

Jennifer Brooker from Australia(in English)

Katerina Simeonova from Bulgaria(in Bulgarian)

Gitta Griffioen and Haane Peerenboom from the  Netherlands(in Dutch)

Gaby Loupatty and Marijt Hallink from the Netherlands(in English)

Zeljka Burgund from Serbia(in Serbian)

Powerpoints from the conference:

1st panel: General Global Perspective on Child and Youth Care:

 Matilde Luna, Director of RELAF

Jennifer Davidson, Executive Director, Institute for Inspiring Children’s Futures & CELCIS

Jennifer Brooker, President of FICE Australia

Tuhinul Islam, PhD, Northern University Bangladesh,Society for Social Service ( SSS) and Moanoghar, Bangladesh

2nd Panel: African Perspective on Child and Youth Care

Donald Nghonyama, Deputy Director of the National Association of Child Care Workers in South Africa

Hloniphile Ndhlovu, National Association of Child and Youth Care Workers

Rev. Robert Sihubwa, Chairperson of Zambia Assosciation of Childcare Workers

Guest Presentations:

David Astiz, President of FICE Spain Lucija Vejmelka, Assistant professor, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law, Department of Social Work

Collection of photos

masai men dance

Upcoming conference: Quality of Alternative Care for Children and Youth in Europe: the Past, the Present, the Future

The International FICE regional network FICE Europe and the Directorate General for Social and Child Protection(Szociális és Gyermekvédelmi Főigazgatóság) have decided to jointly organize the “Quality of Alternative Care for Children and Youth in Europe” conference in Hungary. The event will be part of the 20th anniversary of FICE Europe, as well as 20th anniversary state celebrations series on the current Hungarian Child Protection Act in Hungary, as a double festivity and a significant international professional exchange.

The event will take place from 18-19 September in Esztergom, Hungary.

Conference venue: Szent Adalbert hotel 

Preliminary programme

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