Consultation in south-eastern Europe on guidelines for the health sector response to child maltreatment

WHO/Malin Bring

29–30 January 2019, Budva, Montenegro

WHO/Europe is pleased to announce a 2-day workshop on the health sector response to child maltreatment. The aim of the workshop is to build institutional capacity in promoting the health sector response to child maltreatment, to consult with practitioners from south-eastern Europe (SEE) and other parts of the WHO European Region on evidence-based interventions to address child maltreatment and to debate the support needed for their implementation.

In view of concern about the scale and consequences of child maltreatment, all 53 Member States of the WHO European Region have given their unanimous support to Investing in Children: the European Child and Adolescent Health Strategy 2015–2020 and the European Child Maltreatment Prevention Action Plan 2015–2020 (resolution EUR/RC65/R6). A progress report, country profiles and the “European status report on preventing child maltreatment” were presented to Member States at the 68th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe in September 2018. These show that while progress is being made, preventive actions in countries need to be stepped up.

In line with Health 2020 – the European health policy framework, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the aforementioned European Action Plan, this workshop aims to build capacity in responding to child maltreatment. The workshop will engage participants from sectors such as health and welfare and civil society to focus on evidence-based interventions to respond to child maltreatment. Existing WHO recommendations on the topic will be presented and the evidence of the forthcoming WHO guidelines on the response to child maltreatment will be summarized. Participants from other countries of the Region with an interest in responding to and preventing child maltreatment will also be invited, such as Czechia, Latvia and Slovenia.

The specific objectives of the workshop are to:

  • provide an overview of the current situation in SEE countries on child maltreatment focusing on burden, existing policies, response mechanisms and the legal situation;
  • receive European country examples on the health sector’s role in responding to child maltreatment;
  • provide an overview of relevant global guidelines and recommendations;
  • discuss the scope of and process for the development of national guidelines for the health sector response to child maltreatment;
  • consider mechanisms for multisectoral collaboration and implementation of the guidelines;
  • deliberate preventive interventions that can be administered through the health system;
  • debate how to develop or update existing protocols and/or training curricula and how best to train health-care providers and health managers.

The course will be delivered in English.

Target audience

This course is targeted at national experts involved in policy-making, government lawyers working in public health and frontline workers from the health sector who act to stop child maltreatment.


Participation is restricted to national experts by invitation only.