History of the organisation

History of the organisation

The Social       Activities and Practices Institute is an organization that has been actively developing itself, and for a period of 15 years it has managed to prove and establish its identity as an organization working to reconcile theory and practice, knowledge and actual assistance of children and families at risk. 

SAPI is an organization that has specialized in research, trainings and professional support of people from the helping professions. Since 2008 the concept for helping has been based on the Resilience Approach. In 2010 SAPI started to provide training and methodological support based on the Resilience Approach in Bulgaria, and during the last few years also outside of the country. Some of the most important studies in support of the policies in the sphere of the protection of children and their rights are: „A national representative study of the attitudes towards foster care“, 2007; „An international comparative study of sexual abuse in the homes for children“, 2010; „Assessment of the system for prevention of child behaviour in conflict with the law in two regions of the country“, 2014.  

 The organization is a well-established provider of social services for children and families at risk. In 2003 we succeeded in opening the first in the country Family Support Centre in partnership with a French institute for social work, and the Centre still operates today. Today we provide services in six cities in the country, and in three of them the services are piloting, innovative, and integrated for the first time in the country – Child Centres for Advocacy and Specialized Services for Children in Conflict with the Law.

Mainly as a result of the support of the OAK Foundation during all these years, SAPI developed practices based on an integrated, inter-sectoral and inter-institutional approach to every individual child that has suffered some form of abuse or traumatic experience. These practices are now also supported by some key actors – EC, UNICEF Bulgaria, SACS, MJ, SSA, and local authorities.