CHILDREN SAID

True family should, from the our earliest period, teach us how to love and respect.

Jovana, 16 year old

I have the right to be protected and no one can abuse me.

Milan, 6 years old

I have the right to live and play, and it must be heard by everyone.

Jelena, 9 years old

Happy is the Child with the family who love, advice and support them.

Marina, 15 year old

I have the right and obligation to go to school

Marko, 10 years old

A roundtable was held today in Banja Luka titled "Improving multidisciplinary approach in combating gender-based violence".

In organization of "United Women" Banja Luka, representatives of governmental and non-governmental sectors presented their experiences and problems in working with victims and witnesses of violence.

The roundtable was attended by the Ombudsman for Children, Nada Grahovac, who introduced attendees to the importance of multidisciplinary approach and the need for adoption of the Protocol on the procedure in all cases of violence, abuse and neglect.

The Protocol, exactly, needs to ensure multi-disciplinary approach and make accountable all institutions and services for undertaking measures within their authority to protect the child.

Examples from practice, unfortunately, show that, very often, there is lack of adequate response of the competent in protection of the child.

Not recognizing violence as a serious threat to children's healthy growing up is again violence against children.