Minors having trouble with the law are one of the groups vulnerable to health issues (including HIV, sexually transmitted infections, hepatises, developing addiction to psychoactive drugs etc.) due to their lifestyle, peculiarities of their upbringing and social environment.

At the same time, according to a number of surveys, about a third of the adolescents, who have had unprotected sex, used psychoactive drugs or have been exposed or vulnerable to other risk factors, have never in their lifetime turned to specialists to get social or health services.

The main reasons why the adolescents don’t turn to specialists are the lack of trust to the specialists in terms of confidentiality; unawareness about the range of services offered to adolescents in their region; the lack of necessary and adolescent-friendly services in the region; lack of the value of health and life in general and, consequently, lack of the need to turn to specialists’ help or consultations.

The aim of the webinar is to examine the peculiarities of engagement of the given category of adolescents to the prevention services and programmes, based on the experience of All-Ukrainian Public Centre “Volunteer”.

Webinar agenda:

  • The peculiarities of adolescence and social environment factors increasing the vulnerability to HIV and other socially dangerous diseases.

  • Minors having trouble with the law as a category of adolescents vulnerable to HIV.

  • The conditions of effective referral of adolescents, the cooperation with probation department and criminal militia for children affairs.

  • The experience of implementing prevention programme “Learning to be healthy” of All-Ukrainian Public Centre “Volunteer” on the base of Kiev City Centre of Social Services for Family, Children and Youth

Speaker: Natalya Stroeva, social counsellor, consultant on adolescent HIV prevention programmes realisation and risk associated behaviour, project coordinator of All-Ukrainian Public Centre “Volunteer”. Natalya has more than 10 years of experience in offering socio-psychological, socio-pedagogical and socio-medical services to adolescents.

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