UNICEF organized the “How to Provide Better Services for Children with Development Difficulties and their Parents” roundtable on 4 November at the Belgrade Impact Hub. The participants were Nirvana Pištoljević, professor of special education and inclusion at Columbia University, USA, Milica Pejović Milovančević, specialist in child psychiatry at the Institute for Mental Health in Palmotićeva and Valentina Zavišić, special education expert, programme coordinator of the non-government organization Initiative for Inclusion VelikiMali, moderated by Jelena Zajeganović from UNICEF.
The lecture and roundtable were organized as part of the programme “Early Child Development” advocating a comprehensive approach to policies and programmes related to children, their parents and caregivers, implemented by UNICEF in cooperation with the relevant ministries and other partners. The goal of the programme is raising awareness on the importance of early childhood development, encompassing the physical, socio-emotional, linguistic-cognitive and culturological development of an individual and represents the foundation of success and happiness in life. Participants of the event discussed good and bad practices, the quality of services for children with development difficulties and early intervention.