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TITLE OF DOCUMENT:

Reference book for prevention of violence for the school network

NAME OF AUTHOR(S):

State agency for child protection

NAME OF PUBLISHER:

State agency for child protection under the project “Prevention of sexual exploitation and violence towards children”, jointly implemented by the State agency for child protection and UNICEF

LANGUAGE OF DOCUMENT:

Bulgarian

LANGUAGE OF THE REVIEW:

English

KEYWORDS:

Family, violence, child protection, role of the school

DOCUMENT TYPOLOGY:

reference book

TARGET GROUP OF PUBLICATION:

Parents, Policy Makers, Teachers, Researchers, Young People, School Directors.

SIZE OF THE PUBLICATION:

21 - 100 pages

DESCRIPTION OF CONTENTS:

The presented document starts with a description of the role of the school for early recognition of children who are victims of violence and provision of timely support to them. The material continues with a section for identification of the signs/marks which can help to tell if a child has been molested in any way. The types of tormenting, which are scrutinized are: physical violence, and a guidance for recognition of such physical violence is presented; psychological torment, joined by a description of the indicators, which can point towards a possible psychological tormenting; sexual harassment, together with guidelines for recognition of sexual harassment and exploitation; neglect and guidelines for recognition of the different types of neglect.
The publication continues with information on child protection and in particular consideration of the right of the child for protection and description of the state bodies, which are entitled to provide such protection in case of need.
A methodology for risk evaluation for violence at home in the family is also presented. This methodology includes several steps – risk assessment; filling in the form for risk assessment; finalizing the work-sheet for risk analysis.
The annexes to the present publication are as follows:
A grade for risk assessment
Influence of the parents
Influence of the child
Influence of the family
Influence of the molestation / abandonment
Influence of intervention

REVIEWER’S COMMENTS ON THE DOCUMENT:

The reviewed publication is quite useful from the point of view of consideration of violence towards a child at home, within the family, which is among the main factors which trigger aggressive behavior at school. The material gives advice on the subjects, which should attract attention, when evaluation is being done of the risk for appearance of a certain child molestation event or whether a certain child molestation event has already taken place. Teachers and administrators are given clear and comprehensive guidelines on the “signs/marks” whether physical, psychological, emotional or behavioral, which could presuppose a certain type of violence towards a certain child. Most of the types of violence within the family environment have been scrutinized, namely: psychical, psychological, sexual violence, neglect.
The school team has been given recommendations on which state bodies they should contact and which laws should be used for protection of the child in cases of violence. The child right to protection and the state bodies, which have been entitled to cater for this have been presented in detail, together with the tasks, which are assigned to them.
The presented material is extremely useful also because of the methodology for family violence risk assessment, which it includes. This methodology uses for its purposes a list of questionnaires, which give a clear picture of the situation in the family and therefore all the risks, which it bears for the child. A grade is given for the purpose of conducting the risk assessment. Then the material goes through an assessment by presentation of thematic scenarios, the worst of which are assessed with a number 4 and the most favorable of which are assessed with a 0. The types of influence, which are considered are those of the parents, of the child itself, of the family, of the molestation / abandonment, including historically of one or both parents or other children they have had, influence of intervention.

NAME OF THE REVIEWING ORGANISATION:

Zinev Art Technologies

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