On July 25-26, 2019, in the conference hall of the Garni Hotel, a seminar entitled “A system for monitoring the implementation of the rights of children with disabilities: a more detailed assessment criteria and indicators” was held.The main purpose of the event was to conduct an interim assessment of the working version of the monitoring system for the implementation of the rights of children with disabilities in stationary social service institutions in order to clarify the clarity and correctness of the developed methods, criteria and the formation of a single interagency approach.
The seminar was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health, the General and Regional Prosecutor's Offices, labor, employment and social protection management bodies of local executive and administrative bodies, labor research institutes, stationary social service institutions, employees of CPA “World Without” borders. "
During the seminar, the participants familiarized themselves with the concept of the monitoring system for the rights of children with disabilities in residential institutions and the purpose of such monitoring, as well as together with consultants Vladimir Korzh and Galina Rudenkova, analyzed the specifics of the implementation of the rights of children with disabilities in boarding schools. Further, the work took place in small groups in each of the monitoring areas - the right to a family, the right to protection from violence and exploitation, the right to education, the right to health, the right to identity, the right to speak, the right to non-interference in personal life and respect for differences, principle equality of all children.
All participants actively worked on the tool. Of particular value was the fact that most of the participants got acquainted with the tool for the first time and therefore were able to look at it from the other side and make useful recommendations that took into account the interests of various departments, as well as the interests of boarding houses, their management and pupils.
Difficulties in the course of work were caused by the fact that representatives of boarding schools continued to regard the monitoring tool as a means of verification and a “tool of punishment”. The tool offers an approach to monitoring the situation in residential care facilities in terms of children's rights and identifying problems with their implementation in order to improve the quality of life of children with disabilities in residential care.
Many participants were faced with the fact that among the methods of collecting information for monitoring, a survey of pupils of boarding houses is supposed. On the one hand, it is not clear how questions should be formulated and asked for pupils who have impaired speech, hearing, and perception. On the other hand, the employees of the boarding schools expressed concern that the pupils might consciously or unconsciously give answers that do not correspond to reality.
Tool developers and project staff need to keep the initial monitoring plan as an inclusive tool that allows you to track the situation with the implementation of the rights of the child in boarding schools, see problem areas and suggest options for improving the situation.
To work at the seminar, presentations and the necessary printed methodological materials were prepared, which were distributed among those participating in the seminar, and also were transferred to interested organizations and departments.