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Young European of the Year 2021 fights for free access to education for every child

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 30 aprile 2021

Every year, the Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe, together with the European Youth Forum, awards the prize “Young European of the Year” to a young person who has shown a particularly strong commitment to a Europe of solidarity. This year’s winner, Constantin-Alexandru Manda (21) from Romania is awarded for his dedication to educational justice.“Alexandru is an inspiring young person, he showed his hard work and dedication to work for better education for every child in Romania. His motivation to work with different institutions and fight for justice is impressive.” Says Mariya Atanasova, member of the jury and Young European of the year 2020. Since 1997, the Schwarzkopf Foundation in cooperation with the European Youth Forum is looking for a Young European of the Year across all Countries of the Council of Europe: Young people who have learned to take initiative and responsibility, showing that they are prepared to seize the opportunities of our time for peaceful coexistence in a Europe of diversity. The award grants 5000€ for an internship or an individual project. This year’s Young European of the Year is Constantin-Alexandru Manda from Romania, who is fighting for just and equal education for all children. In 2013 he has founded Constanta’s School Students Association which represents students’ rights in Romania. He campaigned for the respect of the fundamental right to scholarships first in Constanta, later all over Romania: the impact of his actions are not only local but nationwide and past urban spaces. He achieved that the Romanian government guarantees every child in need a minimum scholarship and invested ca. 110 million EUR of the national budget for it. “I accept this award with deep gratitude and humility as a recognition of the efforts of every team I worked within the last 7 years, to make a real change in the Romanian educational system. We cannot have a just Europe without free access to quality education for every child. The investment in education is an investment in the future of Europe, the only way to end the social gaps between countries and communities.”, says the new Young European of the Year 2021.The Jury was impressed by his outstanding commitment: “Inequality in education is one of the most pressing issues in Europe. With his energy and his sensitivity for justice Alexandru showed us how a young and dedicated person can make a huge difference” says Luisa Seiler, Executive Director of Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe. Other members of the jury were a representative of the European Commission Representation in Germany, two former award winners, and a representative of the European Youth Forum. “Alexandru shows a great passion for his work that is benefiting many young people across Romania. I am happy that he is the Young European of the Year 2021 and I am positive that with his energy and dedication he will motivate young people all across Europe to do the same. “, says Anja Fortuna from the European Youth Forum.

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Give me the Right to Smile

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 26 novembre 2019

With student volunteers being the protagonists, the “302010 campaign –give me the Right to Smile’ was launched in an event held this Universal Children’s Day in Athens at the premises of the Hellenic Ministry of Education & Religious Affairs.The event was organized on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and more than 400 students, parents, teachers, state representatives, members of foreign diplomatic missions and institutional actors were present.
In a venue flooded with young students, the volunteers of the European Student Volunteer Network of “YouSmile” and Children’s Rights Team shared their concerns and presented their proposals for the protection of children in a number of thematic areas, including child sexual abuse, social exclusion, bullying, environmental crisis, domestic violence, gender equality and equality on the basis of sexual orientation, children in migration. In this context, they asked the general public and all relevant actors to support their proposals in Greece and beyond through the 302010 campaign and a digital petition.“Today it is a symbolic day and we are very pleased to host you at the premises of the Ministry of Education. You are a source of inspiration for us and we would like you to know that we will stand by and support you in this effort”, said Maria Zacharaki, Deputy Minister of Education, whereas Anastasia Gkika, General Secretary of Primary and Secondary Education highlighted the importance of volunteerism, the work of “The Smile of the Child” for the protection of children and its contribution to the promotion of child participation.“Today’s effort represents a true initiative of children who expressed their concerns and showed us the way they want their rights to be protected. 24 years ago, little Andreas gave the best example on how children can inspire the entire society. By following this example, today we give the floor to children in order to be heard, express freely what they believe and act in their own unique and spontaneous way without adults to impose their views. On the contrary what we must do is to listen to children”, said Costas Yannopoulos, President of the Board of Directors of “The Smile of the Child”, who thanked the Ministry of Education for embracing this effort.During the event H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos, the Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the Mayor of Athens, Mr. Kostas Bakoyannis expressed through video messages their support to the 302010 campaign.In addition, students, who were present in the event, showed their support and passed their own messages for the importance of child participation in the decision making process, the meaning of volunteerism and the need to ensure the rights of all children, especially for the most vulnerable ones, among them migrant children and children with disabilities.

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International Child Helpline Day

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 20 Maggio 2019

On the occasion of International Child Helpline Day, “The Smile of the Child” joins forces with organizations and partners from around the world by participating in a global awareness-raising campaign on the decisive role the operation of child helplines plays.
This year Child Helpline International (CHI), whose active member is “The Smile of the Child”, celebrates the International Child Helpline Day by focusing on the issues faced by especially vulnerable and underrepresented children. With “EVERY Child has a Voice” as its slogan, this year’s campaign spreads the message about the need for non-discrimination and for truly listening to every child.In Greece, “The Smile of the Child” has been operating the National Helpline for Children SOS 1056 since 1997, the European Hotline for Missing Children 116000 since 2008, as well as the European Helpline for Children and Adolescents 116111, and, thus, contributes directly to preventing and addressing serious problems related to children victims of violence, abuse, neglect, disappearance, trafficking, exploitation, bullying or suicide.
The European Helpline for Children and Adolescents 116111 was inaugurated in 2016 and operates under the umbrella of CHI providing its services for all children in Greece, including refugee and migrant children at risk and in need of support. The services of 116111 are free, available nationwide on a daily basis, 24 hours a day, with 6 interconnected calling centers as one, staffed by social workers and psychologists, and a maximum waiting time of 11 seconds.A Disaster Recovery Area at the Athens International Airport ensures the continuous operation of the helpline (similarly to the 1056 and 116000 lines) in the event of any emergency or crisis situation.The lines are officially recognized as Emergency Lines and are interconnected with the European Emergency Number 112.“The Smile of the Child”, active member of CHI and Trusted NGO partner of Facebook, utilizes innovative technological tools thanks to the support of international bodies and actors, as well as technology and telephone companies in Greece, which offer their services free-of-charge and, thus, play an important role in ensuring the necessary quality in the provision of holistic and effective support of children in need.
This International Child Helpline Day, and in light of recent tragic cases of children and young people in Greece who committed suicide, “The Smile of the Child” would like to highlight that children and young people in extreme distress can also receive immediate and effective support. In this regard, the specialized staff of the Organization activates its entire network of services and structures, and in cooperation with all the competent institutional actors the Organization can help children and adults who find themselves in a deadlock and need continuous assistance.

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Bullying no longer exists. What do you think?

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 7 marzo 2018

On the occasion of the 6th of March, National Antibullying Day, and under the coordination of the YouSmile European Student Volunteer Network, “The Smile of the Child” organized yesterday an interactive meeting with students. The aim is to give teenagers the possibility to talk about their experiences and attitudes within the wider school environment.A psychologist of the Organization is moderating an interactive discussion with students that share their own experience on bullying based on video material developed by students, volunteers of YouSmile under the title: “Bullying no longer exists. What do you think?”Upon the conclusion of the event, creative material (drawings, songs, videos etc) made by students under the slogan “Speak Now” will presented spreading their message against bullying. The campaign is being held for the 5th consecutive year in cooperation with school counselors. More than 40 schools and more than 1.200 students from all ages are participating in this year’s events. All relevant material can be found here.
“The Smile of the Child”, as coordinator of the European Antibullying Network, sets all its services at the disposal of children in Greece, and develops actions and tools on the level of prevention as well as actions on the level of intervention and therapy for any child victim of bullying.
In the course of 2017 interactive preventative interventions on Domestic Violence and Bullying were carried out in the framework of nationwide visits at schools targeted to 14.502 students, 1.533 parents and 167 teachers. At the same time, the European Helpline for Children and Adolescents 116111 provided counseling services to 289 children who called on issues related to bullying.On the occasion of the 6th of March, National School Day against Bullying, “The Smile of the Child” organizes from 5th to 11th of March a Week of Awareness and Mobilization for students, parents and teachers.The campaign includes relevant material on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter and messages from students under the slogan “Speak Now”
Interactive interventions are carried out nationwide by psychologists of the Organization based on a social story on bullying. It is worth noting that “The Smile of the Child” by recognizing the important role of school community in prevention carries out interactive interventions throughout the year. The interventions take place by a specialized team of Psychologists of the Organization in Kindergartens, Elementary, Middle and High-Schools all across the country. The action is implemented by “The Smile of the Child” in the framework of a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Hellenic Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs active since 2009 and recently updated, and in cooperation with Health Counselors, the Prefectures and the Municipalities.

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“The Smile of the Child”

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 novembre 2017

Smile of the ChildBruxelles. Given its longstanding and internationally recognized record of activities and expertise in the field of child protection and provision of direct assistance and support, received the positive evaluation of DG ECHO following its application to become official FPA partner of the European Commission’s Directorate General of the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO). It thus became the first originally national Greek Organization to obtain this status.A Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) with DG ECHO was signed following the thorough auditing and evaluation of “The Smile of the Child’s” procedures, thus providing the opportunity to the Organization to undertake actions of humanitarian assistance in Greece in accordance with its longstanding principles and values of quality, efficiency and transparency.During a symbolic, but also very substantial meeting held on the 21st of November 2017, at the premises of the European Commission in Brussels, the EU Commissioner of DG ECHO Christos Stylianides welcomed the President of the BoD of “The Smile of the Child” Mr. Costas Yannopoulos. Mr. Stylianides recognized the significant work of “The Smile of the Child” and applauded the importance of the partnership established with the Greek Organization. The European Commissioner warmly accepted the invitation extended by Mr. Yannopoulos to visit one of the Homes of Care of the Organization in Nea Iraklitsa, Kavala. This Home was recently reconstructed with the funding of DG ECHO and in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) with the aim to provide a safe living environment to children of Greek or other origin in danger and refugee unaccompanied children particularly at risk, based on the mixed model of the nationwide network of Homes of the Organization.In addition, the meeting gave the opportunity to the team of “The Smile of the Child” and the officials of DG ECHO to discuss the next steps of their cooperation, while special emphasis was given to ways of utilizing the existing infrastructure and human resources of the Organization set at the disposal of authorities in emergency situations, as, for example, on the coverage of the plethora of needs of refugee and migrant children stranded in Greece, as well as direct intervention capacity based on specialized logistical means and tools in natural disaster emergencies such as the recent deadly floods that hit various areas in Athens.In this context, the wide network of operational tools and infrastructure of the Organization was also discussed e.g. the Search and Rescue Team “Thanasis Makris”, staffed by specialized handlers and dogs that are unique for their trained skills in Greece, the Mobile Operational Unit for emergency situations, the Mobile Medical Units of Intensive Care for children and newborns, the nationwide Centers of Direct Social Intervention (CDSI), the 1056, 116000 and 116111 lines that operate across the country, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, as well as “ODYSSEAS”, a Mobile Lab of Information, Education and Technology that can turn into a Crisis Management Center during emergencies.
It is worth noting that “The Smile of the Child”, committed to its vision to protect all children, continuously supports refugee and migrant minors since the very first moment of the most recent refugee crisis and over time. In this context, it contributes significantly on a daily basis through all its forces and logistical capacity by offering holistic support to refugee minors and their families. More specifically, it does so through services of care and accommodation, psychosocial support, medical care and treatment of children with serious problems, protection to vulnerable groups of children and mainly unaccompanied minors at risk of being trafficked, exploited and smuggled. (photo: Smile of the Child)

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“The Smile of the Child”

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 6 agosto 2017

meetingA meeting was held between the President of the Hellenic Republic, His Excellency Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos, and the President of the Board of Directors of “The Smile of the Child”, Mr. Costas Yannopoulos.The aim the meeting was to inform the President of the Hellenic Republic about the work of “The Smile of the Child” during the 1st Semester of 2017, the latest developments and priorities for the protection of children and families in need.Briefly, Mr. Yannopoulos informed the President of the Hellenic Republic about the following issues in the framework of the necessary accountability to every Greek citizen:
– During the 1st semester 2017 “The Smile of the Child” supported 60.543 children and their families in the critical areas of violence, health, disappearance and poverty through a nationwide network of services in the levels of preventing and tackling serious issues of children.
– “The Smile of the Child” is the first national, Greek Organization which becomes official partner to DG ECHO. Following a thorough control and evaluation from DG ECHO in the areas of Administrative Adequacy, Financial Management and Adequacy, Technical Adequacy, as well as Experience and Efficiency, “The Smile of the Child” became an official partner by signing the Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA). As partner of DG ECHO “The Smile of the Child” will undertake actions of humanitarian aid in line with the principles of 21 years of operation, thus, giving emphasis to the quality of its services, impact and the transparency of its actions.
– “The Smile of the Child” with ordinary citizens as its main supporters is obliged to pay enormous taxes on a longstanding basis for the services provided free-of-charge to every child and family across the country.
Commenting on the announcement of Mr. Yannopoulos in regards to the signing of a Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) with the European Commission the President of the Hellenic Republic underlined: “The recognition of “The Smile of the Child” from the European Union means not only recognition, but also solidarity. This fact shows that the rule of solidarity in Europe starts to function in a substantial way. We all understand in Europe that the problem is not only Greek. It is a wider problem. The principle of solidarity is not something abstract”. (photo: meeting)

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Great success for Greece and “The Smile of the Child”

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 15 giugno 2017

cartina-grecia-centrale-atticaA 16-year-old missing girl from Poland found in Greece thanks to a coordinated mobilization “The Smile of the Child” in cooperation with European Organizations of child protection and the competent Greek authorities succeeded in identifying the 16-year-old girl who went missing on the 1st of June in Poland and travelled to Greece without being noticed by any authority or person. The identification of the missing girl proves the importance of the cross-border cooperation and constitutes an important success for “The Smile of the Child” and Greece. “The Smile of the Child” is founding member of the European Federation for Missing and Sexually Exploited Children (Missing Children Europe -MCE) and participates as member of its Board of Directors to the effort to tackle the sexual and psychological exploitation of children and identify children who have gone missing all across Europe.
On the 8th of June “The Smile of the Child” received a call to the 116000 European Hotline for Missing Children from a person who wanted to keep its anonymity regarding a 16-year-old girl accompanied from a young man on the island of Lefkada in Greece. Based on this information the Organization immediately mobilized and found out that the 16-year-old girl went missing from Poland while a search had been activated since the 1st of June. “The Smile of the Child” contacted the International Police Cooperation Division SIRENE, and, subsequently, the Police Department of Lefkada to which it forwarded the available information.The competent authorities were immediately mobilized and thanks to the provided information the 16-year-old girl was found to the hotel where she was staying.“The Smile of the Child” almost simultaneously contacted ITAKA -Centre for Missing People, its partnering Organization in Poland, which had already proceeded with a publicity appeal, and informed them that the missing girl had been identified in Greece. According to information provided by the Police Department of Lefkada, the 16-year-old girl returned to Poland putting an end to the agony of her own people. “The Smile of the Child” handled with professionalism one more case of a missing child, activated its international partnerships and mobilized all the competent authorities to trace the missing minor. It is worthwhile to mention that in this particular case the 16-year-old girl traveled from Poland to Greece without being noticed from anyone. The participation and help of everyone is necessary in order to locate missing children at risk whose disappearance regardless of color, origin or religion is a very serious issue no matter the reason. “The Smile of the Child”, in the framework of the international partnerships that it has developed, has the know-how to handle cases of missing children with professionalism and expertise. Find out more about the international partnerships of the Organization here:

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An important pan-European distinction and reward

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 1 ottobre 2016

smile-of-the-childThe “European Hotline for Missing Children 116000” operated by “The Smile of the Child” in Greece was evaluated and certified with the maximum score of 100%. A joint press conference organized by the European Commission’s Representation in Greece, the Office of the European Parliament in Greece and “The Smile of the Child” was held on Wednesday, 28 September to announce the important European distinction for Greece and “The Smile of the Child” in the framework of the accreditation of the “European Hotline for Missing Children 116000”, as well as the new certification of the volunteer dog teams of the Greek Organization by the international association NSARDA.
In their addresses, the Head of the EC Representation, Panos Carvounis and the Head of the EP Office, Leonidas Antonakopoulos, praised the work of “The Smile of the Child” -well-recognized by the European Institutions- and congratulated the President of the BoD of the Greek Organization, Costas Yannopoulos, for its longstanding contribution to society. Both officials also expressed their steady support to the difficult work of the Organization.The President of the Organization “The Smile of the Child” thanked the organizers for their hospitality and highlighted the importance of cooperating with the European institutions. “Today’s event is about the pan-European distinction of Greece and our Organization, which operates the European Hotline for Missing Children 116000, as well about our well-trained and specialized scientific staff and volunteers dealing with all cases of missing children regardless their religion, color or ethnicity, directly and in a coordinated way with all the competent actors.” Congratulating statements through recorded messages were addressed by Maud de Boer-. Buquicchio, President of Missing Children Europe (video ) and Harold Barrows, President of the National Search and Rescue Dog Association. The volunteer dog teams, comprised of internationally recognized and certified dogs and their handlers, members of the Search and Rescue Team “Thanasis Makris” of “The Smile of the Child”, also took part in this event. These teams are activated in the case of a missing minor in an urban or natural environment, to search for a specific missing child based on the scent provided to them, but also in cases of disasters. It is worth mentioning that the dog teams of the Team “Thanasis Makris” are the only ones in Greece having been certified by the international association NSARDA (National Search and Rescue Dog Association UK).
In the framework of the project “Minimizing violence through quality control: Monitoring & Evaluating 116000 Hotlines to prevent, support and protect missing children” realized by Missing Children Europe (MCE) with funding from the EU, the “European Hotline for Missing Children 116000” operated in Greece by “The Smile of the Child” was evaluated among other nearly 20 116000 hotlines in other European countries.Independent evaluators, through meetings, detailed questionnaires and an on-site evaluation visit to the Operational Center of the Hotline 116000 in Athens, and having considered the following criteria. (photo: smile of the child)

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“The Smile of the Child”

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 9 marzo 2016

smile of the child“Greece is undergoing a deep and long-lasting social and financial crisis. In 2015 we supported 95.701 children and their families across the country and based on the needs of society this year we strengthened and expanded our services for the benefit of all children. The Smile of the Child thanks to the support of citizens and companies managed to deal with the radical increase of requests for support and assistance. Over the last 5 years (2011-2015) the number of supported children and families met an increase of312,5%” said the President of the Organization, Costas Yannopoulos.According to the 2015 annual statistics:The National Helpline for Children SOS 1056 received 272.881 calls (748 calls a day), out of which39.793 related to serious issues of children;
The National Helpline for Children SOS 1056 received 988 reports of serious cases of child abuse and neglect which affected a total number of 1.975 children;
“The Smile of the Child” handled 114 cases of direct intervention for 156 children at immediate risk, 124 of which in need of immediate removal from the family environment;
It received 128 requests of sheltering for 186 children at risk. 48 of them are today living in one of the Homes of the Organization;
1.924 individuals sought counseling support from our Organization on issues related to minors;
The European Hotline for Missing Children 116 000 received 8.852 calls.
141 requests of support to searches for missing children were made to the European Hotline. 119 children were located out of a total number of 141 cases for which specialized services and guidelines were provided. Important to mention that 69% of the missing cases related to teenagers who had run away due to relationship problems within the family environment;
12.828 children and their families with welfare problems were supported. 54,6% was supported for a first time in 2015. In 79,2 % of the supported families, its members were unemployed or under insecure employment status;
324 children are currently living in 11 Homes of our Organization. 180 of these children received special therapeutic support;
214 children received therapeutic support in total during 3.310 sessions provided by the scientific team of our Day Center for the psycho-social rehabilitation of children and teenagers, victims of any form of abuse or violence;
53 adults who had been raised in one of the Homes of our Organization are still provided with support and assistance as necessary (financial support, accommodation, in kind support etc.) These adults study, work or perform their military service.
53 children and their families received services provided in 3 of our Daycare Homes located in the regions of Agrinio, Ilia and Mytikas. For 81% of these families social factors lead them to seek this kind of support.
1.097 children with health problems were supported in a total number of 4.559 requests;
1.409 newborns and children were transported, in response of 3.208 calls of requests and covering 241.109 km! 372 of these children were newborns and infants.
15.038 children in 10 regions of the country were provided for free with 24.749 medical and dental exams through 3 Mobile Medical Units (Multi-Medical Unit “Hippocrates”, Dental Mobile Unit and Ophthalmological and Otorhinolaryngology Mobile Units;
From 2002 until today, 72.586 children have visited our Mobile Medical Units, whilst from 2013 until today 87.354 medical exams have been provided in total;
12.989 hospitalized children received recreational activities at the children’s hospitals of Athens, Thessaloniki and Patras in 2015;
Interactive preventive interventions were conducted to 41.635 students, 16.074 parents and 3.043 teachers through 1.025 visits at school communities nationwide. Bullying and School Violence were the selected topics in more than half of these interventions (56%).
5.865 children received recreational activities in the Recreational Area of the Organization at Athens International Airport. (photo: smile of the child)

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“The Aegean Smile”

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 febbraio 2016

ateneThe initiation of a wide range of actions and initiatives for the protection of children in Lesvos Island was announced by “The Smile of the Child” during a press conference, held on 17 February 2016 at the premises of the Prefecture of North Aegean Region in Mytilene.
During this event the annual statistics of the Organization for 2015 were presented as well as the new actions developed by “The Smile of the Child” and based in Lesvos. Through this initiative, “The Aegean Smile” will operate the Direct Center of Social Intervention of North Aegean, a Mobile Medical Unit, Units of Direct Intervention, while at the same time the Organization will contribute to the organization and functioning of the Hotspots and Relocation Centers concerning to the protection of minors and unaccompanied minors.
“Based upon our mission we are supporting all children over the past 20 years. Among them refugee and migrant children for which we are setting our services at their disposal. In 2015 we supported 95.701 children and their families all across Greece. Amidst the severe social and economic crisis that Greece is undergoing we are experiencing a refugee crisis affecting in particular children. In response to the societal needs, we are enhancing and expanding our services for the benefit of all children” highlighted the President of “The Smile of the Child”, Costas Yannopoulos.“The Aegean Smile” is implemented by “The Smile of the Child” in cooperation with the competent institutional authorities, like the Coast Guard, the Hellenic Police, the National Center of Direct Assistance (EKAB), the public hospitals and health centers, KEELPNO (Hellenic Center for Disease Control & Prevention) , the Fire Corps and the Prefecture of North Aegean Region. Besides in a meeting with the Prefect of North Aegean Region, it was confirmed that there are many common goals as a basis of institutional cooperation and in addressing the social challenges.This initiative entails the operation of Information Desks at the hotspots and relocation centers building upon the European Hotline for Missing Children 116 000 and the European Helpline for Children and Teenagers 116 111. The aim of this initiative is the protection of refugee and migrant children and, mainly, unaccompanied minors at great risk of falling victims of smuggling and trafficking.“The Aegean Smile” stems from the longstanding expertise and experience of the Greek Organization and its ambition is to be implemented on the European level in cooperation with international actors, like Missing Children Europe and Child Helpline International.In Greece the actions include the dissemination of awareness raising material in 5 languages (in Greek, English, French, Arabic and Farsi), Info-Boards that will host posters of missing children at the hotspots and Relocation Centers, the activation of Amber Alert Hellas in the worrying cases of missing children and European Child Alert Automated System (ECAAS).Upon the invitation of the Minister of Defense “The Smile of the Child” committed to contribute to the organization and operation of the 5 hotspots (in Lesvos, Chios, Leros, Kos and Samos) and the 2 Relocation Centers (in Schisto and Diavatas) and, mainly, in relations to the necessary protection of unaccompanied children and families with children.
This initiative will be developed in cooperation with the competent institutional actors on the basis of the practical capacities of the Organization and necessary financial sources that will guarantee the quality and transparency of the services and ensure the future sustainability of the already existing actions for children nationwide.The event was held under the presence of representatives of public and local officials, Armed Forces, Law Enforcement, consular authorities, national and international media as well as actors working on the frontline of addressing the ongoing refugee crisis.Upon the end of the event “The Smile of the Child” awarded a symbolic honor to the Prefecture of North Aegean, the Armed Forces, Coast Guard, Hellenic Police, Fire Corps, the National Center of Direct Assistance (EKAB), the General Hospital of Mytilene and Hellenic Center for Disease Control & Prevention (KEELPNO) for their tireless efforts and contribution to protecting thousands of children on a daily basis in the Greek coast.

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End of one-child policy in China is a welcomed step

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 1 novembre 2015

shanghai-chinaThe announcement by China to end its one-child policy is a huge step forward in recognizing sexual and reproductive health for all of its citizens, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) said today.IPPF has been working with China through an emerging countries initiative Brazil, Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) on population matters and through its Member Association, China Family Planning Association(CFPA).In 2013, IPPF Director General, Tewodros Melesse met with the Premier of China, Li Keqiang and the Vice Premier Liu Yangdong. In the meeting with Mr Melesse, IPPF’s manifesto for change for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), Vision 2020, was endorsed by the Vice Premier Liu Yangdong.Mr Melesse said: “The announcement from China’s leadership is a significant one. We recognize that it has come after much consideration. This is a major move towards empowering citizens and improving their rights. The work is not over as other restrictions remain but this is a clear and welcomed action”. IPPF is a global advocate for SRHR and a leading service provider working across the world. Its 145 Member Associations include the Chinese Family Planning Association (CFPA).

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The Smile of the Child

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 22 luglio 2015

smile of childThe dramatic situation of children and families in crisis-hit Greece and today’s financial deadlock in which “The Smile of the Child” finds itself were presented to national media and foreign correspondents today during a press conference that was held by the Greek NGO for children in Athens, Greece. “The Smile of the Child” with zero financial liquidity and zero donations at the current moment is experiencing a financial deadlock while requests for help and assistance are soaring from children and families with children. “We are very anxious if we will be able tomorrow to stand by those children in need. Today we need to consider cutting down our human resources, our actions and services for children and families. Greece is financially falling apart and under this situation “The Smile of the Child” is also falling apart. Even though today we are here, tomorrow we don’t know if we will be able to stand by those children in need of support” said Costas Giannopoulos, President of the BoD of the Greek Organization.60.804 children and their families were supported over the 1st Semester of 2015 through a wide spectrum of activities in health, welfare and direct intervention for children at risk. In 2014 “The Smile of the Child” supported 82.802 children and their families all across the country.Potential cuts in the actions of “The Smile of the Child” imply detrimental consequences to children and families in need. The services of the Greek NGO are more crucial and necessary than ever before due to the worst effects of the current financial and social crisis that Greece is undergoing. The medical mobile units of intensive care for newborns and children, the Amber Alert mechanism, the National Helpline SOS 1056 and so many other services are providing a safe net of protection for children that needs to sustained. (Photo: smile of child)

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“The Smile of the Child”

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 18 Maggio 2015

ateneWill host on October 2015 in Athens, Greece the next Board Meeting of the International Centre of Missing and Exploited Children. This was decision of the members of the Board during the last Board Meeting of ICMEC that was held on 7 May 2015 in New York. The International Centre of Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) empowers and equips global partners – in government, academia, law enforcement, private industry and NGO community – to make the world a safer place for children. “The Smile of the Child” and its partners at ICMEC lead a global effort to protect children from sexual abuse, exploitation and abduction.Internationally recognized members from public administration, arts, law enforcement, technology, academia, private industry and civil society as well as enterprises with global influence are part of ICMEC and coordinate efforts across the globe in order to create a safer world for children. “The Smile of the Child” represents Greece at the Washington-based International Centre of Missing and Exploited Children with its President, Costas Yannopoulos to participate as member of the Board of Directors of the Centre.Upon the initiative of ICMEC the next meeting of its members will take place on October 2015 in Athens, Greece following their decision in their last meeting in New York. On the occasion of the BoD meeting of ICMEC “The Smile of the Child” took part in high-level meetings in New York in the framework of its international work and participation at the United Nations. During an event hosted by the UN Association of New York (UNA-NY) on 6 May 2015 at the Delegation of the European Union at the UN, Costas Yannopoulos, President of the Board of Directors of “The Smile of the Child” presented the work and the wide-spectrum of actions of the Greek NGO as well as the increasing needs for children and families in crisis-hit Greece.Present in the event were Mr. Ioannis Vrailas, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to the UN, Ms. Nafsika Nancy Eva Vraila, Deputy Permanent Representative of Greece to the UN as well as members of the Hellenic community. The President of the Greek NGO had also the opportunity to meet with the Consul General in New York Mr. Giorgios Iliopoulos.“The Smile of the Child” is accredited to consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and is an associated member of the UN Department of Public Information (UN DPI).During this visit a series of meetings were successfully took place with representatives of Greek Community Federations and Associations and Greek and American public officials.The team of “The Smile of the Child” took also part in the 2015 Gala for Child Protection hosted on 7 May 2015 at Gotham Hall in New York City by the International Centre for Missing and Exploited (ICMEC). Internationally recognized individuals who support the protection of children worldwide as well as well-known artists, among others Ashton Kutcher, Jeff and Justine Koons paid tribute to the event. (photo: The Smile of the Child)

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Justice needs to be more child-friendly, finds FRA

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 6 Maggio 2015

wolf-children (1)Each year hundreds of thousands of children across the EU are involved in legal proceedings. Justice systems need to do more to cater to the needs of these children, finds the latest report from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). Making justice more child-friendly is in the best interests of the child, improves child protection and their meaningful participation in judicial proceedings.“We cannot allow children to be confused or stressed when they participate in judicial proceedings,” says FRA’s interim Director Constantinos Manolopoulos. “The EU and its Member States have an obligation to ensure that child rights are respected and fulfilled. This is especially the case for judicial proceedings. Member States should also ensure that the Council of Europe guidelines on child-friendly justice are applied in daily practice by everyone involved.”Improving child rights’ protection in judicial systems is addressed by the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which all EU Member States have ratified. The Council of Europe produced special guidelines on child-friendly justice because this is an issue which affects many children. For example, around 74,000 children were victims of crime and 495,000 were affected by divorce in 11 EU Member States in 2010.FRA research reveals that child participation practices vary widely not just across, but also within, Member States, and these practices are not always child-friendly. This points to a need for clear and consistent standards and guidelines which should be systematically monitored. The research also identified the need for awareness raising measures and the special training of professionals.The key findings relate to specific child rights, for example:In recent years respect and fulfilment of the child’s right to be heard has improved, particularly in criminal proceedings. In civil proceedings children are not always heard. Greater efforts are needed to ensure that children are heard in safe and child-friendly rooms, using techniques appropriate for a child’s age and maturity. Children should be heard in as few hearings as possible involving a small number of well-trained professionals;National legislation often contains provisions on the right to information, but in practice there is significant variation in the way children are informed, when, by whom, about what and how. Regular, child-friendly information and material about child rights and judicial procedures, tailored to the child’s age, throughout the proceedings, can improve their trust in justice;Most Member States have made significant efforts to guarantee the child’s right to privacy and their right to protection from harm and re-traumatisation, especially in criminal proceedings. In practice, however, protective measures are often under-utilised. Separate rooms to prevent contact with defendants and the use of video recordings and video links by trained professionals in courtrooms and police stations should become standard practice in the EU to protect children adequately;Despite legal provisions on equal treatment, staff often lack the expertise to deal with children in vulnerable situations, such as those with disabilities or those with a minority ethnic background. There is a need to ensure that children’s access to justice and their treatment in judicial proceedings is effectively monitored to prevent any discrimination. Access to legal aid and support for children in vulnerable situations should be facilitated.The report also highlights a number of examples of promising practices.

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The Smile of the Child

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 13 aprile 2015

Yiannis-PanousisThe Day Centre “THE HOUSE OF THE CHILD” which is a community unit providing customized clinical mental health services for therapeutic treatment and psychosocial rehabilitation of children and adolescents victims of abuse, neglect or domestic violence, as well as children or adolescents involved in cases of bullying was inaugurated on 8 April 2015 in Athens, Greece.The Day Centre was founded by the Greek NGO and operates within the framework of the Operational Programme “Human Resources Development” of the NSRF 2007-2013, co-financed by the Ministry of Health and the European Social Fund.Costas Yannopoulos, President of the BoD of “The Smile of the Child” underlined the need to have a specialized structure like this, unique in Greece and innovative on the European level. “THE HOUSE OF THE CHILD” is staffed with a psychiatrist–scientific coordinator, three child psychiatrists, three clinical psychologists, a special educator, a speech therapist, a social worker, an occupational therapist and two administrators. The interdisciplinary therapeutic team undertakes a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and therapeutic intervention scheme to address the complex disorders and wider psychosocial needs of children victims.The Deputy Citizen Protection Minister, Giannis Panousis stated: “All partnerships designed to protect children meet my absolute support as a Minister, Criminologist and personally. We are all responsible to save those children traumatized by our own mistakes. If we cannot prevent their sufferings well in advance, we should at least heal their wounds. I am well aware of the work of “The Smile of the Child” and we are sharing the common goal of protecting children. George Nikolaidis, Psychiatrist and Scientific Coordinator of the Day Centre referred to the supportive services of the Centre and underlined how the multi-disciplinary therapeutic team undertakes a comprehensive and holistic diagnostic evaluation for those children in need. “Regrettably the cases of children victims which end up to be treated by public and non-public services are very few in relations to the actual reality on child abuse. The Day Centre was created for all children. We have put special emphasis to our human resources in order to provide supportive services to children who have been victims of traumatic victimization experiences within or outside the family environment or are living in different care frameworks either traditional or in alternative care”. The Deputy Prosecutor of the Supreme Court, Kseni Dimitriou, the President of the French Organisation “La Mouette” Annie Gourgue, the representative of Ministry of Health, Evangelos Augoulas, the Greek MP Konstantinos Bargiotas, the Mayor of Zografou Municipality Tina Kafatsaki and representatives of public authorities and Embassies were among the participants to the inaugural ceremony.In addition, Costas Yannopoulos presented a fully-equipped facility, specially designed for children victims who are participating in judicial proceedings and according to the international standards of child-friendly justice and more specifically the multi-disciplinary method of work of the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) in the United States.This facility will be set under the disposal of competent authorities (Judiciary, Prosecution and Police authorities) as well as health workers with an ultimate aim to create a multi-disciplinary Response Child Abuse Team staffed with law enforcement authorities, Medical and Forensic Services, Mental Health Services, the Prosecution and other supportive services for families and children victims and in direct cooperation with the National Helpline for Children SOS1056 and under the coordination of the Ministry of Citizen Protection and the Ministry of Justice. The Day Centre’s services are addressed to children and adolescents up to age of 18 who live either in residential care or in the community having a documented history of exposure to violence of any kind.
(foto: The Smile of the Child)

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The Smile of the Child

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 16 dicembre 2014

smile of the childeThis year’s winners received their medals during the national award ceremony that was held by the Information Office of the European Parliament in cooperation with the Representation of the European Commission in Greece on Friday 12 December, 2014. The Smile of the Child, NGO Diogenis and the Centre for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind were this year’s winners from Greece.The European Citizen’s Prize was launched by the Parliament in 2008 to recognise exceptional achievements by citizens, groups, associations or organisations. The Citizens’ Prize is given for activities that either facilitate cross-border cooperation within the EU or promote better mutual understanding and closer integration between citizens and member states. It can also be awarded for day-to-day activities reflecting the values enshrined in the EU’s charter of fundamental rights.This year 47 people and organisations from 19 member states were selected for the prize in honour of their good work. They will receive their medals in national award ceremonies and they will have the chance to showcase their work and meet MEPs at the European Parliament in Brussels on 25-26 February 2014.“Today’s award belongs to our friends, staff, supporters and volunteers. Above all, this recognition belongs to our children and people who fight in the frontline promoting Greece as a country fighting with decency”, Costas Yannopoulos, Chairperson of “The Smile of the Child” underlined. Costas Yannopoulos presented the wide spectrum of nationwide actions of “The Smile of the Child” where 729 children have been raised in its 19 years of work. During the same period 3.843 children with serious health problems were supported, while the National Helpline for Children SOS 1056 received 2.471.824 calls. The Chairperson of the Greek organization thanked the Greek MEPs Miltiadis Kyrkos and Dimitris Papadimoulis for their decision to nominate and support “The Smile of the Child” for the European Citizen’s Prize 2014.Greek MEP Miltiadis Kyrkos (Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, Greece) referred to the significance of recognizing the important work of civil society organisations. “Very often the work of these organisations is forgotten by the society. I would like to say a personal thank you to all of those that support our co-citizens in need”, Miltiadis Kyrkos underlined.
Greek MEP Elissavet Vozemberg (Group of the European People’s Party) underlined the fact that this year’s European Citizen’s Prize comes as recognition to their work and promotes Greece abroad, while representatives from the Information Office of the European Parliament and the Representation of the European Commission in Greece extended their warm thanks to this year’s winners of the European Citizen’s Prize.

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Child sex crimes

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 14 luglio 2011

The draft directive sets out minimum penalties for about 20 criminal offences to do with sexual abuse, sexual exploitation and child pornography – far more than are usually provided for in EU legislation. The draft has been agreed with the Council of Ministers representatives, subject to Parliament’s plenary vote in September 2011. MEPs fought for tougher penalties across the EU, especially in cases of abuse by persons in a position of trust, authority or influence over the child (e.g. family members, guardians or teachers) or abuse of particularly vulnerable children (e.g. those with a physical or mental disability or under the influence of drugs or alcohol). Offenders could face penalties ranging from one to at least ten years in prison, depending on the crime (since the draft directive lays down only minimum penalties, Member States could impose harsher measures and sentencing). For instance, causing a child to witness sexual activities could be punishable by one year in prison, and coercing a child into sexual actions by ten. Attending pornographic performances involving children could by punishable by at least two years in prison, and forcing a child into prostitution by at least ten. Child pornography producers could face at least three years in prison, whilst those possessing it would face at least one year.
Parliament’s negotiating team have, from the outset, advocated complete removal of web pages containing or disseminating child pornography. These web pages must be removed, they say, as blocking access to them, as initially proposed by the Commission, has proved not to be entirely effective. Moreover, removal at source would be more reassuring for children, given that images to which access is merely blocked could still be somewhere in cyberspace, they add.
New forms of abuse and exploitation, such as on-line “grooming” (befriending children via the web with the intention of sexually abusing them) or making children pose sexually in front of web cameras, would be a crime. “Sex tourists” travelling abroad to abuse children would also face prosecution, under new rules on jurisdiction. The text introduces the concept of “child sex tourism” for the first time in EU legislation. Since some 20% of sex offenders go on to commit further offences after conviction, the text stipulates that convicted offenders “may be temporarily or permanently prevented from exercising at least professional activities involving direct and regular contacts with children”. MEPs have also strengthened rules on assisting, supporting and protecting victims, e.g. to ensure that they have easy access to legal remedies and suffer as little as possible from participating in criminal investigations and trials.
The agreement is to be put to the vote by Parliament as a whole at the September II plenary session and should be formally adopted by the Council of Ministers shortly thereafter. Once adopted, this directive will replace current EU legislation dating from 2004. Member States will have two years to transpose the new rules into their national laws. The UK and Ireland have notified their wish to take part in the adoption and application of this directive. Denmark is the only Member State not taking part.

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Pro Child

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 26 giugno 2011

Roma 28 giugno 2011 dalle ore 11.00 alle ore 12 nella Sala Del Centenario della Provincia di Roma – Palazzo Valentini Via IV Novembre n. 119/A Promozione dei diritti dei bambini ed adulti in Italia e Romania A cura dell’Associazione Spirit Romanesc, Roma (Capofila Progetto: Bambini in Romania (BIR) Partner del Progetto: Cooperativa Sociale Interculturando e IPI – Inima pentru Inima)

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One Tree per Child

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 13 novembre 2010

Roma, 24 novembre 2010 alle ore 10.30 Via dei Prefetti, 46 sede dell’ANCI per presentare la Campagna: “One Tree per Child”, che si pone l’obiettivo di sensibilizzare gli enti locali, affinché applichino una direttiva che prevede la piantumazione di un albero per ogni bambino/a registrato all’anagrafe. Perseguirlo significa contribuire, con la perseveranza di ogni realtà locale, alla lotta al surriscaldamento globale mediante una delle possibilità atte a farlo: la riforestazione del pianeta attraverso la piantumazione e/o la conservazione dei territori boschivi già esistenti; significa, inoltre dare un ruolo attivo all’educazione alla sostenibilità ambientale. Alla conferenza stampa Introduce: Rafi Korn – Portavoce della Campagna Partecipano: Stefania Prestigiacomo, Ministro Ambiente*;
Francesco Rutelli, Presidente Fondazione “Centro per un futuro sostenibile”; Giuseppe Porcaro, Segretario Generale European Youth Forum; Giacomo Darrigo, Coordinatore Nazionale Anci Giovane; Modera e conclude: Gianluca Melillo sono stati invitati esponenti del Governo e tutti i Presidenti dei Gruppi Parlamentari di Camera e Senato.

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Rights of the Child

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 3 novembre 2009

With a press conference at its headquarters, UNICEF will release its flagship report focussing on the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the United Nations General Assembly the day before the anniversary itself. The Convention is the first legally binding international convention to affirm human rights for all children. Since 1989, the CRC has achieved near-universal acceptance, having now been ratified by 193 parties – more than belong to the United Nations or have acceded to the Geneva Conventions.  Thursday, 19 November at 10:30 a.m. at UNICEF Headquarters on 44th Street in Manhattan will feature UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman, Lucy Liu, UNICEF Ambassador and actor and Grace Akallo, former child soldier to discuss the special edition of the agency’s widely-quoted annual publication, State of the World’s Children which this year will focus on the impact the CRC has had on the lives of millions of children and challenges moving forward.

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