The roundtable “Best Interests of the Child: Between Theory and Practice” was organized at UK Parobrod on Friday, 4 March 2016. It was designed as an exchange between professionals studying the concept of the best interests of the child and related policies, the analysis of institutional and organizational activities, as well as the provision of direct support to children in the Republic of Serbia. All participants took part in clarifying the following issues: the best interests of the child from a developmental-psychological angle, difficulties in the application of the principle of the best interests of the child, child participation in assessing their best interests, assessment criteria, the best interests of children included in life and work in the street, and refugee children. The meeting presented an opportunity for analysing examples from Serbia, as well as examples of positive practices from our country and abroad.
The event also served to present the “Guide to the Assessment of the Best Interests of the Child”. The guide and the event were created as part of the second phase of the project “Reform of the Social Protection System Tailored for Children” (Children in Motion), implemented by the Save the Children organization in cooperation with the NGO Atina and Group 484, with European Union support.