In December 2014, implementation of the three-year project ˝The Regional Resource Centre for Child Protection in South East Europe“ commenced. As well as Brave Phone, partners from seven countries in Eastern Europe participate (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, Kosovo and Moldova). This project is financed by the EU, the Oak Foundation and the Austrian Development Agency, and is co-ordinated by the regional office of Terre des Hommes in Budapest.
The project relies on a strong multidisciplinary community of academics, experts who work directly with children, civil society organisations and political decision-makers from different fields of children’s work (social work, education, policy and health). It promotes and facilitates the exchange of knowledge, capabilities and expertise in current practice relating to helping children who are victims of any kind of violence. One of the most important results of the project is the Child Protection Hub – the only multilingual online platform which supports the applied work of childcare professionals through the exchange of knowledge, training, creativity and innovation within a strong community network. Through childhub.org, users can access diverse sources, news, research and guides, search for job vacancies, attend online and offline educational events and contribute personal knowledge and expertise – and all this in six languages: Albanian, Bulgarian, English, Hungarian, Romanian and Serbo-Croatian-Bosnian. Likewise, users can make contact with other experts around Europe to seek advice or discuss case studies.
The project has received support from the Ombudsperson for Children and the Study Centre for Social Work (University of Zagreb), and is represented both in the Ministry of Social Policy and Youth and in UNICEF´s Croatia office.