Speaking at the plenary session, children's ombudsperson Maria Lvova-Belova presented her strategic programme, Teenagers of Russia, to the audience; as many as 14 pilot regions have already joined the initiative. The programme is aimed at developing a system of broad support for underage children in Russia, and a federal network of centres that will provide psychological and other assistance to young people. It is going to facilitate the development of a professional community to work with teenagers; the drafting of a methodological framework for comprehensively addressing problems and preventing antisocial phenomena in the adolescent environment; assistance in the improvement of child-parent relations; emergency assistance to families in a socially dangerous situation; and rehabilitation of underage children who have survived hostilities.
The forum, organised by the Centre for the Development of Social Projects and supported by the Government of Primorye Territory and the Ministry of Education, is part of a federal subproject, Patriotic Education of Citizens of the Russian Federation, of the national project Education. Specialists from 56 Russian regions are taking part in its sessions at the Far Eastern Law Institute, a branch of the University of the Russian Prosecutor's Office. More than 250 people are attending in person, while over 1,000 join the sessions online. Among them are children's rights commissioners in Russian regions, representatives of concerned federal and regional ministries and agencies, public, youth and non-profit organisations, experts and practitioners.