EU project ‘’Support to juvenile offenders to reintegrate into society and labor market’’ for better future of juvenile offenders through training

Vrnjačka Banja, 29.07.2019.

Today, in the conference room of the Solaris Resorts, second national training for providing post penal support to ex-juvenile offenders from Correctional Home for Juveniles Kruševac started. The training is activity of the Support to juvenile offenders to reintegrate into society and labor market project, implemented by Youth Council Kruševac in partnership with Correctional Home for Juveniles Kruševac.

This action is part of the wider project “European Union Support to Active Youth Inclusion”, with total value of 4.7 million EUR, financed by the EU (IPA 2014) and co-funded by the Government of the Republic of Serbia.

The significance of the project is reflected in creating better conditions for social and work reintegration of juvenile and ex-juvenile offenders, through cross sector support and creation of model and Network for post penal support to ex-juvenile offenders in Rasina, Belgrade and South Bačka district.

Main purpose of the training is to build capacities of NGO’s and institutions working with ex juvenile offenders from Correctional Home for juveniles in Kruševac for providing post penal support, through education about the juvenile offenders, legal aspects and exchange of experience. Participants in the training are representatives of NGO’s from Kruševac, Belgrade and Novi Sad, as well as representatives of the National Employment Service – Branch Office in Kruševac. Trainers are: Ivan Mijailović, Head of the Department for Supervision at the Administration for the Enforcement of Penal Sanctions – The Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Serbia and Radmila Zečević, Head of the Treatment Service at the Correctional Home for Juveniles Kruševac. The next training is planned for 12th and 13th September 2019.

The “European Union Support to Active Youth Inclusion” project, total value of which is EUR 4.7 million, financed by the EU (IPA 2014) and co-funded by the Government of the Republic of Serbia, aims to ensure greater social inclusion of youth population in Serbia by increasing of employment, youth activity, work experience and entrepreneurship practice among youth population. Through the project the EU and Government of Serbia has granted 24 grants, which will be implemented in more than 35 cities and municipalities in Serbia by the end of 2021. The projects implemented by the national and provincial social welfare institutions, municipalities and cities, citizens associations, foundations and educational institutions will increase the scope and quality of services at the local level in education and employment, innovative practice, active inclusion mechanisms and models and thereby strengthen the social inclusion of youth. The impact and tangible outcomes of the project are expected at all levels concerning the overall readiness and increased capacities of relevant institutions for the innovative development and management of youth active inclusion measures, policy development in line with best EU practices, and effective use of related EU financial assistance.

The project is managed by the Ministry of Finance, Department for Contracting and Financing of EU Funded Programmes (CFCU), while the main project institutional beneficiaries are the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs and Ministry of Youth and Sports

More about the project can be found on www.ukljucivanjemladih.rs