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30.09.2016 | Children\'s Unit
17.05.2016 | Children\'s Unit

AudTrain goes from gold to platinum

The AudTrain project partners are proud to reveal the logo for the AudTrain II project. 

Starting fall 2015 the AudTrain System Based Audit of Child Welfare is being revived. This new project aims to increase the capacity and skills among professionals who audit and monitor the situation for children in alternative care. It also aims to enhance children's rights to be heard, to be safe and secure and to be supported in their development while in residential care.

Courtesy of a grant from the European Commission, AudTrain II will update the training materials and use them to train new auditors. A module to educate AudTrain trainers will be developed and new trainers will be trained. The project will also develop a monitoring tool based on international standards and arrange an advocacy conference.

The Children's Unit of the Council of the Baltic Sea States is the lead partner for the project, alongside project partners SOS Children's Villages, Lithuania, SOS Children's Villages Association of Estonia, and the Ministry of Welfare of Latvia, with SOS Children's Villages of Croatia as an associate partner. Both Anniki Lai from Estonia and Eric Backer-Røed from Norway, experts from the first AudTrain project, in consultation from the project partners and others, will formulate and deliver the training modules.

For more information and to express interest in taking part in a training, please contact the Children's Unit.


System Based Audit of Child Welfare

The AudTrain Project aimed to:

ensure that the rights of the child in alternative care is respected, i.a. the right to physical and psychological integrity;

devise training in how to perform a system based audit of child residential care facilities;

publish materials to be used in the training of expert auditors;

implement trainings in the partner countries;

develop competence on how to include young people’s own experiences in the audit process;

take full account of international conventions and recommendations such as the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children and the Council of Europe recommendation on the rights of children in residential care in all auditing practice.