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Outcomes of monitoring of social care institutions inspired the Human Rights Division of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office to provide training for employees of social care institutions

23 October 2019

The staff of the Human Rights Division of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office, who visited ten social welfare institutions of Telšiai County earlier this summer, based on the findings of the human rights monitoring decided to organise training for the employees of social care institutions of the County.

The training "Human rights-based care in social care homes" was organised in Plinkšiai residential care home on 22 October 2019 and was attended by over twenty different social care institutions from all over Telšiai County. The training focused on one of the most important issues in social care institutions related to proper protection of the rights of the elderly. A theoretical format of the training has been interwoven with actual solutions of the practical tasks to draw the attention of the staff of social care institutions to the challenges in practice.

Augustinas Normantas, Head of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office, pointed out that the human rights monitoring carried out in the care institutions of Telšiai County on 1-4 and 22-24 July this year gave a broader understanding of the human rights situation there. The Head of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office noted that although it is important to be able to identify problems in social care institutions, it is even more vital to be able to identify causes of those problems.

During the monitoring visits, it was observed that the rights of residents of social care institutions are often violated due to the lack of knowledge and weak competences of the employees of social care institutions in the field of human rights.  “For this reason, it was decided to contribute to the awareness-raising of employees by organising specialized human rights training for the staff of the care institutions”, noted Vytautas Valentinavičius, Head of the Human Rights Division of the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office.

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