The Protector of Citizens identified shortcomings in the work of the City Centre for Social Work in Belgrade – Zvezdara and Palilula departments, in the case of the child whose father kept her in isolation in an apartment in poor hygienic conditions in the Belgrade neighborhood of Mirijevo, and requested this authority to inform it within 15 days on the determination of responsibility of the heads of these departments and all the professionals who worked on this case.
Also, during the procedure, the Protector of Citizens identified systemic shortcomings in the Law on the Foundations of the System of Education and Upbringing and asked the Ministry of Education to propose changes to this and the relevant provisions of special laws in the area of preschool and elementary education, which refer to the obligation to keep records of children who are old enough to attend the preschool program and to enroll in the first grade of elementary school.
A month ago, based on the reports from the media that in Mirijevo, a father had neglected his child for years, keeping her in complete isolation in an apartment in poor hygienic conditions, the Protector of Citizens launched an own-initiative investigation to control the legality and regularity of work of the City Centre for Social Work in Belgrade – Zvezdara and Palilula departments, Ministry of Family Welfare and Demography, Ministry of Interior, Healthcare Centre Zvezdara, Healthcare Centre Palilula and the City Municipality of Zvezdara. Subsequently, control investigations were launched against the Secretariat for Education and Child Protection and the Secretariat for Administration of the City Administration of the City of Belgrade and the Ministry of Education, and direct supervision over their work was carried out, as well a control investigation into work of the Savski Venac Healthcare Centre.
In the course of the procedure, a meeting was held with representatives of the Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-Government, and by means of an act of cooperation, information was requested from the First Basic Court in Belgrade about the proceedings conducted before that court, which concern the family-legal protection of the child, as well as copies of legally binding court decisions with which those proceedings ended.