At the National Training “Standards and Guides in Working with Youth at Risk”, that took place from 4th to 6th December, in Podgorica, Montenegro. The training was assigned to 26 participants from different state institutions and CSOs, which work with youth at risk: SOS phone for protection children and women from violence Podgorica, Municipality of Podgorica – Youth Office, NGO Defendologija, SOS phone for protection children and women from violence Niksic, Queer Montenegro, Primary Health Centre Podgorica, High Court of Montenegro, Juventas, Institute for Social and Child Protection of Montenegro, Children’s Home “Mladost”, Professional Service of Supreme State Prosecutor’s Office, Centre “Ljubovic”, Centre for Child Rights, Secretariat for work, youth and social protection of Podgorica, NGO “Ekvivalent”, NGO 4Life, Red Cross Montenegro and state institution “Kakaricka gora”.
International consultants Mrs Katarina Mitic and Nevena Nikolic gave introduction of the standards which are going to help participants to define and better understand concepts and basic terms, and in the same way to agree on how to monitor them and implement in order to measure its achievements. Mrs Nikolic talked about youth work, street youth work (detached and outreached), youth work in centres, its purpose, preconditions, preparation, monitoring, evaluation and supervision of youth workers, participation scale and criteria for making difference between real participation and quasi participation, and importance of ethical codex in youth work. Mr Mitic gave emphasis to guideliness for work with youth at risk, safeguarding policy for children and youth, prevention and treatment in behaviour disorder, accessibility of local services and support and safety risk management in social care institutions. The last day of the training, all participants visited Drop in centres that operate within the NGO Juventas.
The main methodology of the training course was presentation, group work and group discussions.
Training course was evaluated with 4.2 on scale 1-5.