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OAK logoA network for reducing vulnerability of children for sexual exploitation and abusive practices

Brief description of the project

The project is implemented by the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) and is funded by the OAK foundation http://www.oakfnd.org/ . The project is having national coverage and will continue from October 2013 till June 2017. The project is focused on prevention of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse practices of children from vulnerable groups – children in institutional care and children from marginalized communities. The age range of the targeted adolescents is from 12 to 18. Apart from this BFPA and OAK are working together with the shared vision to establish Learning Action Partnership (LAP) of stakeholders from different institutions experienced and interested in topics related to prevention of child sexual exploitation.
The project works in three main specific directions:

1) To reduce incidents of sexual exploitation towards adolescents in institutional care in Bulgaria till the end of 2017 - This objective will reduce vulnerability of the adolescents in regard to sexual exploitation through improved knowledge, self-esteem and negotiation skills. Specific target group are adolescents in institutional care in Bulgaria as well as the pedagogical staff there. The objective will be supported by the other projects for vulnerable groups e other initiative implemented by the applicant in the same area.

The main activities include:
• Elaboration of manual for classes on health and social integration programs
• Conducting surveys on problems of children in institutions
• Follow up the alumni’s life-stories (research on successful pedagogical methods related to prevention of sexual exploitation)
• Number of workshops for teachers/pedagogical staff and young people

2) To decrease with 20% the teenage pregnancies in 3 selected Roma neighbourhoods till the end of 2017 - In order to achieve the set objective BFPA will strengthen the network of stakeholders at local level active in the prevention of teenage pregnancies. The project sites will be identified as a result of objective 1.   

The main activities are:
• Establishment of local stakeholder’s network
• Work with parents and adolescents in the selected areas
• Work with school and educational authorities

3) To improve the learning environment and coordination in regard to sexual exploitation of children - Under this objective the inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional body - LAP (Learning Action Partnership) will create space for exchange of ideas and will strengthen advocacy efforts related to prevention of sexual exploitation of children. The partnership will get together various stakeholders and will support and widen the achievement of objectives 1 and 2 and will cover national issues in the field.

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OAK child policy training 

 

 

 

 

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Latest news

Break the Silence: Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Violence of Children Could Happen Everywhere

Sofia, November 18, 2020

Break the Silence: November 18 is the European Day on protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual violence.
The first thing that comes to mind when we hear ‘sexual exploitation’ is usually connected with red lanterns, streets or roads with women (and men) sex workers, trafficking of human beings. Sexual exploitation of children could have also other faces – sex services in exchange of expensive things such as smart phone or modern accessory or at the cost of a lunch, sweets or instead of rent for parents’ accommodation. It can happen via internet and to affect minors before they become teenagers. That’s why it is needed to break the silence and to ask for zero tolerance concerning this ugly phenomenon. Statistics show that one of five children becomes victim of violence, including sexual. As parents we can prevent this: we can teach them for instance on the Rule of the Bathing Suit. It says that no one has the right to touch their body, especially where the body is covered by a swimming bathing suit. Medical examinations and manipulations as well don’t have to be allowed without their informed consent. The rule helps children to understand that their bodies are their own, that there is good and bad touching, as well es personal borders and social ethnic norms.

 
Six Small Projects in the Frame of LAP Supported

Sofia, October 2020

The second competition for small projects for organizations of Learning Action Partnership (LAP) took place in June and July 2020. In the defined for collecting proposals deadline five proposals were presented, among which with the help of a special selected committee, as well of organizations members of LAP, for supporting were approved three:
Project ‘ACT>Re-Act>ImpACT! – innovative approach for advocacy of HGO concerning sexual exploitation of children’ of Re-Act Association has the ambition to develop innovative business oriented approach for effective advocacy of NGO with the help of professionals in marketing sphere.
Project ‘Can You See Me? – the hidden vulnerability of children from sexual exploitation and violence’ of ‘Parents’ Association will contribute for improving and effective applying of ‘Mechanism for reaction against harassment and violence in the institutions in the system of preschool and school education’ as exploring the gaps concerning prevention and its effective applying in cases of risk and/or cases of sexual exploitation and violence against children, including online.
Project ‘Individual Protection – advocating for changes in the legislation for individual assessment of children victims of sexual exploitation’ of Social Activities and Practices Institute (SAPI) is aiming to improve the policy and the law on individual assessment of children, victims of crimes, incl. sexual exploitation within the meaning of a directive 29/2012/ЕС.

 
Two round tables at the second year end of the project “My body, my rights”

Yambol, September 24, 2020
Montana, September 28, 2020

At the end of the second year of BFPA’s project “My body, my rights”, supported by the initiative for socially responsible business “MSD for mothers”, the association organized round tables on the need and benefits of family planning with a focus on vulnerable communities in two of the project locations. During the meetings a recap of the activities up to now was made and future ones were discussed for the third year. Both events were attended by  municipal representatives, Regional health inspectorate, Regional health insurance fund, health mediators, health specialists, representatives of local NGOs, Community support centers, social workers and most importantly – members of the target communities in which activities are implemented.
A special accent was BFPA’s new short animated products - “Family planning” and “Pregnancy with a smile”. The discussion was on the activities until now and their effect on improving the level of information in the target groups, the need for such activities in general, the best working communication channels in the Roma community, the role of the self help groups and the health mediators, the difficulties caused by COVID-19 and other problems, i.e. the duplication and decentralization of social activities from different institutions. A recapitulation of what has been done until now in Montana was made by Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova, Executive Director of BFPA and Petar Tzvetanov, local Project Coordinator, and for Yambol – Tzveta Petkova, member of NNHM’s Board and Kina Asenova, local Project Coordinator.

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