Program " Building a Europe for and with children" includes eliminating any kind of sexual assault against children using the specific legal instruments and activities, that will raise the awareness of this problem. Within the program, The Council of Europe started the Campaign "Stop Sexual Violence Against Children" in Rome on 29 November 2010.
The main goal of the Campaign to achieve further signature, ratification and implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse.
Another goal is to equip children, their families/carers and societies at large with the knowledge and tools to prevent and report sexual violence against children, thereby raising awareness of its extent.
The Council of Europe wants to strenghten governments, members of parliaments, professionals, civil society, parents and children. The Council of Europe has enabled them to take an action and stop the sexual assault against children .
Ministry of Families Veterans' affairs and Intergenerational Solidarity lead the Campaign in Republic of Croatia. The Association of Parents "Step by Step" contributes to the Campaign. The Association offers many activities through the CAP (Child Assault Prevention) prevention program.
The project "Strengthen the right of children to be safe" was implemented for 20 months, or to be more exact, from July 2013 to March 2015. Partners of the project were: Association FENIKS from Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Association of Alfa Albona from Labin, Istria County, Association Portal Alfa, Belišće, Osijek-Baranja County and Association U.Z.O.R. from Rijeka, Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. Project members were: City of Dubrovnik, City of Labin and Istria County, City of Belišće, City of Rijeka and city of Zagreb. The project was implemented in five counties: the City of Zagreb, Osijek-Baranja, Istria, Primorje-Gorski Kotar and Dubrovnik-Neretva County.
The total project value is 100,486.60 euros. The project was co-financed by the European Union under the program European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights - EIDHR) in the amount of 79,500.00 euros, and the rest of the project is co-financed by the Office of the Croatian Government for Associations and by the National Foundation for Civil Society Development in the framework of institutional support.
School children parents in Croatia, mostly have few opportunities to participate in decision-making of the school and the local community for their children's benefit. On the other hand, parents and other parties interested in the wellbeing of children are obliged to implement the children's rights in the best possible way which is only possible through open communication and collaboration. Parents' Association Step by Step, Croatia, is implementing the project School open to parents since 2007; which encourages collaboration between parents and schools and empowers parents to actively participate in the community.
The CAP (Child Assault Prevention) Program is one of the most acknowledged and one of the best world programs in primary prevention of child abuse. It is considered one of the world’s most comprehensive and most innovative prevention programs.
The CAP seeks to integrate the best resources of a community in an effort to reduce a child’s or a young person’s vulnerability to verbal, physical and sexual assault.
The project „A mom is a mom“ was developed in 2005 with the aim of preventing risky behaviors of young people and providing psychological and social help and support for adolescent mothers, pregnant girls and their families. Pregnancy and birth have an immense impact on the lives of adolescent girls. They are faced with numerous problems; family’s rejection, terminating education, partner’s abandonment, difficulties in adjustment and acceptance of their new role as a mother. The program is striving to reduce vulnerability of expectant mothers and parents and strengthen them for active and responsible parental role takeover.