On Friday, November 15, 2019, at the Little House of Children’s Rights, we held a professional event entitled “Active participation of children and young people in alternative care”.

In the month marking the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, FICE Croatia wanted to draw the attention of the professional and general public to the implementation of the right to active participation, especially in the group of children and young people from alternative care.

Firstly, we presented national recommendations for improving alternative care system that were made within the participation groups (CLPG) and international youth mobility by 28 young people from foster and residential care in Croatia.

In addition to presenting the recommendations through a panel discussion we have raised questions about the importance of the recommendations presented in the context of participation, the importance of participation itself and its clear definition in general. In this vivid discussion alongside with our panellists Davora Osmak Franjić, representative of the Office of the Ombudsperson for Children, Kresimir Makvic, advocate for children’s rights, SOS Children’s Villages of Croatia, Tea Živković and Antonio Plavščak (participants of CLPGs’ and Youth mobility) experts in the audience (representatives of. social welfare system, local authorities, civil society organizations as well as other young people who participated in the project) actively participated

The roundtable, which was the final part of the event, presented various international and domestic examples of supporting and initiating  active participation of children and young people as well as  exchanged and discussed some new ideas and opportunities for individual and social contribution to support and promote active participation of children and young people in alternative care. We would like to take this opportunity to express our special thanks to our colleagues from Mind of My Own, EPIC, and Kinderperspectief for their video contributions.

The event is part of the Erasmus plus project “LeaveCare-LiveLife”, in which FICE Croatia is one of the partners together with organisations Agevolando from Italy (leading partner), Tiberius (Romania), CLA (UK) and CLNI (Ireland).