Strengthening Youth Protection and Juvenile Delinquency Prevention in Bulgaria

Project completed

The project aims at reducing the number of cases of youth violence and juvenile delinquency in Bulgaria through the reinforcement of the capacities of the Bulgarian actors including law enforcement, teachers, youth groups etc. The project is part of the thematic fund security in Bulgaria. Further information about this fund can be found among the additional information on the very bottom of this page.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Bulgaria
Enhanced security and safety
01.07.2013 - 30.09.2018
CHF 624'840

Note: the texts under all the headings, with the exception of 'Results achieved', describe the situation before the start of the project.

Target groups

The target groups include police inspectors from the Child Pedagogical Rooms, teachers, youth groups/students, families and communities.

Activities

(i): Promoting international cooperation and exchange of best practices/lessons learned between Swiss and Bulgarian institutions in the field of youth protection and juvenile delinquency prevention; (ii): Updating and further elaboration of National Police Programme “Work of the Police in Schools”; (iii): Development of a specialized website to fight against and prevent youth violence and juvenile delinquency; (iv): Development of a national database system to register cases of juvenile delinquency; (v): Carrying out specialized training workshops to enhance the administrative capacity and professional skills of police officers dealing with child protection and juvenile delinquency.

Results

Achieved results:  

  • The awareness and knowledge on youth protection and juvenile delinquency prevention amongst Bulgarian youth, school teachers, communities and families, but also amongst police officers continue to increase through the updated nationwide program, the distribution of information brochures and other new information/communication tools to protect youth and prevent juvenile delinquency.
  • Updated National Police Training Programme on “Work of Police in Schools”
  • Hands-on and manual on practical training for
    inspector/operative officers from the Child Pedagogic Rooms set up
  • Capacity of all police officers dealing with juvenile perpetrators all over the country (300) increased as they have been trained to work with the under the project developed centralised, automated information system for combating juvenile delinquency and child protection.
  • Enhanced administrative and operational capacity of the National Police General Directorate to prevent and respond to youth violence and juvenile delinquency.
  • Institutional partnership, experience sharing and transfer of knowledge between Switzerland and Bulgaria in the field of youth protection and juvenile delinquency prevention took place.


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Swiss Contribution to the enlarged EU
Project partners Contract partner
Private sector


Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   624'840 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   0 Budget inclusive project partner CHF   735'130
Project phases Phase 10 01.07.2014 - 31.05.2019   (Completed) Phase 2 15.09.2012 - 30.09.2017   (Completed) Phase 1 01.09.2012 - 30.06.2016   (Completed) Phase 1 15.09.2012 - 31.12.2017   (Completed) Phase 1 15.09.2012 - 31.03.2018   (Completed) Phase 1 01.07.2013 - 30.06.2018   (Completed)

Phase 1 01.07.2013 - 31.12.2017   (Completed)

Phase 1 01.04.2014 - 30.09.2018   (Completed) Phase 1 01.05.2014 - 31.12.2017   (Completed)