According to official figures, an estimated two in five children are involved in the break-up of their parents. In cases of conflict due to break-up, a child’s right to contact with both parents, to express their feelings, or live without being subjected to violence are persistently violated or exploited by adults – parents and institutions. In Poland, there is no coherent system for providing support for families going through the crisis of break-up of parents. The solutions currently in place, and the law, are fragmentary and do not account for the changes emerging in society.
The project aim is to set up the first awareness-raising interactive platform for parents going through a break-up and specialists working with them. The platform will feature courses, individual consultations, chat, videos, lectures, and a library. It will be supported by a public campaign using advertising spots and social media.Twelve training sessions for teachers, pedagogy specialists and school psychologists, and court experts will be held. The awareness measures also entail publication of 1 000 copies of a guide for family court judges. A two-day conference will be organised as part of the project, on Racing break-up together for 100 specialists. The project will also include interdisciplinary qualitative research on the subject of the interests of a child and family, considering a child’s perspective, on a group of 120 people. In addition, a Child-friendly Law Firm certification system will be created, in which 40 law firms will be awarded the certificate. A list of best practices and legal and judicial procedures to protect and empower children will be the subject of advocacy measures in the legal community. The project will be implemented as an informal partnership of nine organisations.
We plan to improve the situation of families with children that are going through the crisis of break-up by implementing Parent Break-up Child Support Standards, and distributing them among specialists.