Our story

Each child only has one childhood. It goes by in joys and sorrows, building the foundation for the rest of their lives. This is a time when a child’s curiosity and desire to discover the world interact with how the world actually works. This is not an easy time for adults either. They are the ones who create the environment around their child – safe or unsafe – depending on their knowledge and experience.

Our goal is to promote safe, respectful relationships and prevent violence against children be it domestic, in communication with their peers or society as a whole. By advocating for a safe childhood, we want to help children grow into stronger, more independent and happier adults, as well as better future parents.

The problem

Violence has a fundamental impact on a child’s life. But how big problem is it?

When talking to their children, 90% of parents put an emphasis on the dangers posed by strangers (SKDS, 2021).
of rehabilitated children have suffered from domestic violence (Ministry of Welfare, 2020).
of students have experienced mobbing (Neklusē, 2020).
of crimes against children are sexual exploitation (State Police 2020).
The solution

In order for every child to grow up safely, children, parents and professionals require knowledge and skills, as well as support and a chance to experience a dignified attitude for themselves. That is why Dardedze Centre:

  • provides psychological support to children who have been victims of violence as well as to their families;
  • promotes safe relationships in children’s lives by providing training for adults and children;
  • actively advocates for an organised child protection system at state and local government level.

Dardedze is the only organization in Latvia that specializes in preventing the sexual exploitation of childre

Our achievements in numbers
In 2020, we reached:
professionals with educational activities
In cases of violence, support was provided to:
Jimba’s (Džimba) agents throughout Latvia teach children about safety in interpersonal relationships.
The Latvian Children's Fund and the Centre against Violence for Supporting Children and Families decide to establish the first crisis centre in Latvia.
The first interdisciplinary crisis centre in Latvia opens – Dardedze Centre against Violence.
We begin training for the staff and children from orphanages to mitigate the risk of violence – ‘Team on Wheels’.
We create a 4-day training programme for professionals to work with children who have suffered from illegal activities.
The first lesson for preschool children about safety in relationships takes place, implemented in preschool educational institutions (using a dust particle as a character – Puteklis).
In collaboration with the Skalbes organization and the University of Latvia, we implement a programme for parents on positive child upbringing titled ‘Pathways to Competence for Young Children’ in Latvia (adapted from Canada).
We create the character Jimba (Džimba) and the first methodological materials for Jimba’s Safety Programme.
We close the hospital and further provide services to children and families only on an outpatient basis, opening up more opportunities for preventive work.
We begin ‘The School of Big Life’ training in boarding schools.
We begin organizing Jimba’s safety trips and training Jimba’s agents.
We introduce a support group ‘Guardian Angel’ (Sargeņģelis) for parents of young children from families at risk.
We publish the first methodological book for professionals — The Handbook for Working with Child Victims of Violence.
We begin work on the implementation of the training programme for parents ‘Guide to Parenting a Teenager’ in Latvia.
A standard for assessing the quality of service provided by crisis centres is developed.
We adapt the standard for interrogating children.
We begin to run forum theatre events in schools to reduce peer violence.
Disciplinary guidelines for short-term social rehabilitation institutions
We begin to form Father Groups.
We launch the initiative ‘Child Safe and Child Friendly Kindergarten’ in collaboration with the SOS Children's Villages Association.
We launch an annual Christmas campaign titled "A Different Kind of Gift".
We help municipal teams begin developing action plans for the prevention of child sexual exploitation.
We stand for a child-friendly interrogation – the Children's House pilot project is launched.
We launch www.drosaberniba.lv – an educational platform for staff of pre-school educational institutions.
We launch Traffic Lights training for assessing children's sexual behaviour.
Jimba’s Safety Programme is revised
We begin holding regular expert council meetings for the prevention of child sexual exploitation.
We actively advocate for a better child protection system in the country.
In cooperation with the leading organizations in the field, ‘Methodological Material for Social Work with Victims of Violence and Perpetrators of Violence’ is developed and published.
Our Team
The Board of Dardedze Centre
Agnese Sladzevska
Head of Prevention Centre, Member of the Board
Laila Balode
Head of Counselling Department, Member of the Board
Guna Joma
Member of the Board
Counselling Staff
Janeta Bokaldere
Social Worker
Līga Redliha
Daina Dziļuma
Liene Nikolajeva
Anastasija Pušņakova
Iveta Svirska
Iveta Damroze-Zommere
Sindija Dziedātāja
Preventive programmes
Sendi Audriņa
Head of Training Department
Antra Petroviča
Project Manager Assistant
Vineta Āboliņa
Head of preventive programmes, mentor for the ‘Child Safe and Child Friendly Kindergarten’ programme and Jimba’s Safety Programme
Ilze Znotiņa
Head of Jimba’s Safety Programme
Madara Jurgelāne
Mentor for Jimba’s Safety Programme
Zaiga Valdmane
Head of preventive programmes, mentor for the ‘Child Safe and Child Friendly Kindergarten’ programme and Jimba’s Safety Programme
Office staff
Zane Gaidule
Office Administrator
Annija Kandāte
Project Manager
Dace Kurša
Anda Avena
Head of Communications, advocate for interests