Experts from 5 EU countries joined "Hope For Children" CRC Policy Center and the JudEx+ team to pilot the training programme: "A Manual to Train Professionals on Child-Friendly Communication in Judicial Procedures in Cases of Sexual Violence against Children". The programme is designed for professionals working in the context of the judicial proceedings in cases of sexual violence against children and is coordinated by the humanitarian independent institution “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center (CY) in collaboration with 6 partners: Frederick University (CY); CESIE (IT); Rinova (UK); Know & Can (BG); Folkuniversitetet (SE); University of Primorska (SI). The Mental Health Services of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Cyprus are engaged as associate partners.
From the 14th until the 17th of March, the 7 partners of the project met in Linköping, Sweeden in order to finalize the preparation of the training programme. Additionally, during the meeting all the participants visited the Barnahus- Children´s House, a child-friendly, interdisciplinary and multiagency mechanism to address child abuse and services for child victims of sexual abuse.
On behalf of the Organisation, Sofia Leitao, Director of Research and Development Department, Vasiliki Kourri, Clinical Psychologist and Vangelis Gettos, Policy and Advocacy Officer attended the partners’ meeting. Ms. Ioanna Katsounari, lecturer at the Social Work Department represented the Frederick University, partner of Judex+ project and the expert from Cyprus is Mrs Eleni Karayianni, Coordinator of Clinical Education at the Department of Psychology University of Cyprus
JudEx+: Towards a child-friendly justice in cases of sexual violence against children,
JUST/2014/RCHI/AG/PROF/7036 has been co-funded by the Rights, Equality & Citizenship Programme of the European Union.