Information about Durrës region
- Facts from the history of Durrës Region
- Address of the Council of Durrës Region
- A summary about the situation of children rights in the Region
- Local strategy developed about child protection
- Address of the Observatory for Children's Rights, Durrës
- Role and responsibilities of the Observatory for Children's Rights, Durrës
- Address of the Children Rights Unit (CRU)
- Role and responsibilities of CPU of Durrës
1. Facts from the history of Durrës Region
City of Durrës is one of the major cities of the ancient and medieval Mediterranean. It was built in XIII-XI centuries BC and it is located in the central Albanian coast, on the shores of the Adriatic Sea and it is about 35 km away from the city of Tirana, Albania's capital. Durrës was also the capital of Albania during the period 7 March 1914-11 February 1920. Durres city is characterized by the largest port in the Balkans, which is the key point for the development and strengthening of the city, and the starting point of the Corridor 8. The city of Durrës has a population of 205,000 inhabitants, which is at once the center of the Prefecture and Durrës Region. Durrës region consists of Durrës and Krujë Districts, with 16 communes and municipalities, respectively: 6 municipalities (4 in the Durres district and 2 in the Krujë district) and 10 Communes (6 in the Durres district and 4in the Krujë district).
Durres region is one of which experienced a large demographic movement mainly in the 90s with the opening of the "exodus" and during the '97 riots.
2. Address of the Council of Durrës Region
Lagja 2, Sheshi ILIRIA
3. A summary about the situation of children rights in the Region
In 2011, Durres Region had a population of 414.603 inhabitants and is noted an increase in the population as compared to 2010 where it was 411.194 inhabitants. In 2010, in Durres region there were 0.87% poor families (the total families with children aged 0-15 years versus 103.881 total families in the county). Communes of Cudhi, Kruja Municipality and Shijak Municipality had the highest percentage of households that rely on social aid and who have children aged 0-15 years, respectively as a percentage of total families: 10.8%, 4.03% and 2.45%. This is due to the various social and economic problems that face families in these areas, remote distances from urban areas, lack of infrastructure and numerous demographic movements. As it regards children with disabilities in the region of Durrës, the service structures put at their disposal are limited. In Durrës, there is only one residential center and a day center for children with disabilities which currently takes care of 37 children where only 2.1% of children to benefit from these services out of 1610 children at regional level. In the region of Durrës there is no non-public center in the service of children with disabilities.
An important institution in the city of Durres is the school for children with slide mental retardation. In this school there are 115 children registered and managed by a specialized staff of 22 teachers.
4. Local strategy developed about child protection
Durrës region currently does not have a regional strategy for children's rights. In October 2008 the Municipality of Durrës published the strategy and action plan for children for the year 2008-2011. Information from the competent contacts within the Municipality and in the region of Durrës shows that there is no work under way for the adoption of a strategy for children in the coming years.
5. Address of the Observatory for Children's Rights, Durrës:
Lagja 2, Rruga “Sefer Efendiu”, Pallati 1355, Durrës.
Cel : +355 69 44 05 155
6. Role and responsibilities of the Observatory for Children's Rights, Durrës:
- Strengthen relations with all state institutions, civil society and interest groups at the regional level, to increase citizens' influence and participation in policy-making for children.
- Periodically collect data from institutions of Public Health, Education, Social Protection and Legal Protection in the local and regional level.
- Prepare and distribute each year a technical report on the situation of the realization of children's rights
- Prepare and distributes quarterly reports on indicators of child welfare.
- Prepare analytical annual reports on the implementation of children's rights and improvement of the welfare of children in the region.
- Maintain and update a database to assist in the preparation of reports.
- Collect periodically information, research reports and research by international and national agencies and by regional and local government and non-governmental organizations.
- Undertake initiatives of cooperation and exchange of experience with organizations working for children's rights and with children and youth associations.
- Cooperate with children and youth associations to promote their participation in the monitoring of local and regional policies.
- Participate in regional and national activities in order to support the realization of children's rights.
7. Address of the Children Rights Unit (CRU)
The "Child Rights Unit" has not been set up yet in the region of Durrës. In a communication with the Head of Durres District Council, Mrs. Eglantina Bekteshi, confirmed that there are plans to open the CRU in the future. As long as this Unit is not set up it is not possible to drafting neither the report nor the strategy for children in Durrës Region.
8. Role and responsibilities of CPU of Durrës:
Child protection worker at the local government unit is responsible for:
- Identify children in need.
- Perform the initial evaluation of all children referred to the Child Protection Unit.
- Develop the child's individual plan under defense.
- Coordinate and organize meetings to discuss child protection individually evaluated children at risk of abuse or exposed to abuse, injury, neglect, trafficking or exploitation.
- Manage the case through interventions to improve the situation of children in need of protective services.
- Monitor the implementation of the Individual Plan for Child Protection.
- Analyze the situation of children receiving services from the Child Protection Unit.
- Carry out individual work with children and families.
- Maintain accurate, factual and open personal folders for all children referred to the Child Protection Unit and for children receiving protective services.
- Identify the situation of children, their rights, service providers and the needs of children in the geographical area in which he / she works.
- Insert data in the local government data system and prepare quarterly reports on the situation of children in his/her locality.
- Actively promote the rights of children through activities and public awareness campaigns.
- Work with specialists and other organizations to support and ensure the rights of all children living in his/her locality.
Prepared by: Dorina Beqiri,
Expert, Observatory for Children's Rights, Durrës