Child in Focus

Nominated 2020

Country: Czech Republic

Region: South Moravian Region

Sector: Civil Society / Social Economy

Fields of action: Awareness raising, Family

Project owner: Public Benefit Society SPONDEA

Responsible person: Mgr. Mariana Zbořilová

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Challenge

Almost half of all couples in the Czech Republic end in divorce. Divorce is often accompanied by lengthy disputes; parents fail to communicate with one another. Children often become intermediaries between their parents; this conflict affects their psychological and physical health.

Idea

Through the Dítě v centru zájmu (“Child in Focus”) programme, parents can see their divorce disputes through the eyes of their children. From this perspective, they are motivated to find solutions that will relieve their children. The programme includes both parents‘ families − new partners, grandparents and others who are important to the families’ communication.

Actors

We support children to share their needs safely. Parents are also motivated to take an active role in this situation − the court does not solve all problems; parents must change their views of the conflict. Dítě v centru zájmu provides divorced parents a space to share similar their experiences in group therapy, learn to appreciate the other parent and to communicate non-violently.

Impact

In 2018, we published the book “Kamil – the Green Chameleon”, which offers a revolutionary view of parental disputes through the eyes of an affected child. We also organize seminars for advisory institutions. We have successfully worked with more than 150 individuals.

Transfer

The core philosophy and approach of the programme can also be transferred to any counselling programme with clients or in couple’s therapy. Practices from the programme, such as reflecting conversations or speed dates, can be applied to any programme.