History

  • In 2013, Human Rights Monitoring Institute announced Aušra Kurienė, Children Support Centre director, 2013 Year Human Rights Ambassador.
  • In 2013, CSC launched a social campaign under the title ‛Words can Hurt for a Lifetime’ with the slogan ‛Think before your words have harmed your child.’
  • In 2012, CSC implemented the social campaign against the use of corporal punishment against infants and young children, called ‛Protect me – I am Small’. The campaign was addressed to parents, foster parents with small children and also to professionals and to the public.
  • In 2012, CSC launched a social compaign ‘‘You Never Know Who is on the Other Side“. The aim of the social campaign was to draw attention to the children's communication in the cyberspace and the dangers lying in real - life meetings; to increase children and adolescents’ online safety and enhance adults’ responsibilities.
  • In 2011, CSC launched a social campaign against child sexual abuse with the slogan ‛Bad Touch. The Kids who Experienced it Want to be Invisible.
  • In 2011, the world famous scientist that works for the protection of children from violence, Prof. Danya Glaser (Great Ormond Street children's Hospital, University of London, United Kingdom), by the invitation of Children Support Centre read a public lecture on 'Intervention in cases of improper behavior with children‘ for professionals working in different areas.
  • In 2011, the agreement with World Childhood Foundation was signed to start a pilot project “Let’s Safeguard and Protect Early Childhood”.
  • In 2011, CSC created a new webpage for parents and specialists www.pozityvitevyste.lt (positive parenting).
  • In July – September, 2011, CSC organized a contest “A Happy Child”. Some of a total of 146 photographs from the contest are used in this report.
  • In 2010, the number of Lithuanian teachers using in their classrooms program “Second Step” reached 1.300 (from 380 schools).
  • In 2010, CSC created a new webpage www.vaikystebesmurto.lt (childhood without violence) for professionals, parents, and children.
  • In 2010, the Children Support Centre has become a member of the European Alliance of non-governmental organizations, to ensure the safety of children in Web space  eNACSO, and actively participates in the activities of this network so far.
  • In March, 2009, the Director of CSC Aušra Kurienė received Professor Alfonsas Gučas Award for personal initiative and efforts in caring for children’s well-being and psychological health by providing psychological help and implementing modern child abuse prevention programs.
  • In 2009, CSC started to actively promote the ideas of positive parenting and the importance of early childhood. The implementation and development of positive parenting programs such as “Let’s Grow Together,” “Formation of Secure Attachment,” and other was started together with partners.
  • In 2008, the “Second Step” program was acknowledged by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania and was included into the National Program for Prevention of Violence against Children.
  • In April, 2008, a long term agreement with UBS Optimus Foundation allowed to open in CSC the Centre for Children Victims of Abuse and Violence. The Centre has Children Interview Room; it provides comprehensive support to child victims of abuse and their family members; publishes educational material; provides various training programs for law enforcement professionals and other specialists who assist children.
  • In 2007, the Centre received an award “NGO of the Year”.
  • In May, 2007, the 6th international consortium on the “Second Step” program and socialemotional learning was organized in Vilnius. 45 teachers and psychologists from 18 countries participated and shared their experiences on the efficiency of the program and current issues in Lithuania as well as other countries. The conference was honored by the President of the Republic of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus.
  • In 2007, an agreement with the owner of the program “Second Step”, the USA organization Committee for Children, granted exclusive rights to CSC to implement the program in Lithuania.
  • In September, 2005, the BBBS celebrated its 10-year anniversary with live concert “Be My Friend” for the community at large, with international conference “Voluntary Mentoring of Children from Underprivileged Environments – the “Big Brothers Big Sisters” Experience in Europe” as well as with a meeting of the European BBBS and Lithuanian volunteers of 10 years.
  • In 2005, the TNS Gallup effectiveness evaluation showed a very positive preventive effect of the BBBS program in helping children to overcome difficulties and to become more competent, confident, and caring.
  • In 2005, a cooperation agreement with the “Nobody’s Children Foundation” (Poland) aimed at implementing a long term child abuse prevention program “Childhood without Abuse”.
  • In 2004, an agreement with Carnegie Social Initiative Fund (Sweden) provided support for development of the BBBS program.
  • In 2004, the implementation of the “Second Step” program, a violence prevention program, was started in Lithuanian schools.
  • In December, 2002, an agreement was signed with the General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania regarding its cooperation with the BBBS program.
  • In 2000, the “Big Brothers Big Sisters Association of Lithuania” (BBBS LA) was founded by the CSC (Vilnius), the Spiritual Help for Youth Centre (Klaipėda), and the “Big Friend, Little Friend” (Kaunas). BBBS LA became a member of the BBBS International.
  • In 1998 2000, a resource centre was established. The library and other materials are available to those working with children with behavioural and emotional problems as well as with abused children. Today a huge range of training programs offered by CSC is acknowledged by Lithuania’s government as a competence building programs for professionals.
  • Since 1996, child abuse prevention and assistance to child victims of violence or abuse and their families has been a top priority for CSC.
  • In 1995, the Children Support Centre began its work with the “Big Brothers Big Sisters” (BBBS) program sponsored by the Open Society Fund of Lithuania. Within the same year CSC employees began counseling children with emotional or behavioural problems, offered training programs to specialists working with children.

 

 

 

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