The AudTrain Procedure describes how a system based audit with verification of a child welfare facility should be planned, performed and reported. It can be used as a practical guide for audit personnel within this field. The procedure is an integral part of the basic course on the AudTrain Model for monitoring child welfare facilities. The procedure features a glossary of terms relevant to child welfare facility audting.
In April 2016 the AudTrain project ran two Primary Trainings using the AudTrain Model for monitoring child welfare facilities using system based audit. Each training took place over four days with about 22 participants in each coming from service providers, monitoring bodies, children’s ombudsman offices, and other key stakeholders in the protection of children in alternative care. Click here to learn more about the AudTrain Model and the agenda for the training.
The first training took place in Zagreb, Croatia. The second took place in Riga, Latvia.
Participants said that the training provided a new perspective and method of which is able to be utilised immediately, including on how to talk with children and how to conduct audits in a cooperative manner. They especially appreciated having the time to really work with the material, including through instructive role playing.
The training groups will meet again in November for a mentoring session. There they will report the findings from their first audit using the AudTrain Model, exchanging experiences and getting concrete guidance from the trainers Anniki Lai and Eric Backer- Røed.
Trainees who complete the course may be invited to become a trainer in the AudTrain Model.
Starting fall 2015 the AudTrain System Based Audit of Alternative Care For Children will be 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 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.