Our next big export: child protection
PUBLISHED: 15:02 19 May 2010 | UPDATED: 11:42 23 August 2010
PRACTICES used to protect children in the county are being studied by visiting officials. Top government staff from Moldova toured a series of institutions in north Kent to see how groups ranging from social services to schools and healthcare combine to
PRACTICES used to protect children in the county are being studied by visiting officials.
Top government staff from Moldova toured a series of institutions in north Kent to see how groups ranging from social services to schools and healthcare combine to help vulnerable children.
Organised through charity Lumos, which works to transform the lives of disadvantaged children in Eastern and Central Europe, the tour included visits to Little Pebbles Children's Centre, in Wrotham Road Primary School, and Raynehurst Primary School in Gravesend.
Visitors met staff at the Children's Resources Centre at Darent Valley Hospital and the Parents Consortium in Hextable.
Sue Tunnicliffe, Gravesham Local Children's Service Partnership manager, said: "We have worked for a long time on developing integrated practices between a number of agencies and I would like to think that here in Gravesham and Dartford we are an excellent example of how that can work."
Arriving at the beginning of the month, the Moldovan contingent included representatives from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Protection and the vice-presidents from Floresti and Ialoveni local public administration councils,
Moldova, which lies between Romania and the Ukraine in eastern Europe, has about 10,000 children housed in institutions such as children's homes and orphanages.
Irina Malanciuc, Lumos's country representative for Moldova, said: "It was a really successful visit and I'd like to thank everyone at Kent County Council's children, families and education service who helped us to coordinate it, as well as all the professionals who made us feel so welcome.
"The group found the meetings and presentations extremely informative and they have gained a better understanding of how to address the needs of children and their families by implementing a joined-up approach.