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Individual Assessment of suspected or accused children

The book “Individual Assessment of suspected or accused children” is published within the frame of the EU co-funded Justice Project“Procedural safeguards of accused or suspected children: improving the implementation of the right to individual assessment”(IA-CHILD) No. 802059–JUST-JACC-AG-2017 as th…

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2nd Transnational Meeting of ‘CARE’ Project Partners

The 2nd meeting of the partners of the European project “Leaving with Care-Living with Care” (“CARE”) implemented with the co-financing of the European Program for Rights, Equality and Citizenship, took place online on the 2nd of February, 2021. Specifically, the meeting was attended by the research…

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Hope For Children implements the “Migrant Women Empowerment in Cyprus society” free online event

The “Migrant Women Empowerment in Cyprus society” online event taking place on Friday February 12th at 16:00-17:30 on Zoom platform, consists a brief presentation of BASE European programme and the role of Cultural Advisors in the Cypriot context. Hope For Children has invited Project Phoenix, a Eur…

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Olga Themeli

Olga Themeli graduated from the School of Law at the Αristotle University of Thessaloniki and obtained her MSc from the School of Law /The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, in Criminology. Furthermore, she studied Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology at the School of Philosophy – The Na…

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HIT – Hate Interrupter Teams: Youth counteracting hate speech towards migrants and minorities through participatory and creative campaigning- The Cyprus Report

The HIT project developed a new model of European youth empowerment to tackle racism, xenophobia and discrimination aimed at migrants. At its heart is the concept of ‘Hate Interrupter Teams’ (HITs) – task groups of young people (14-19) developed through participatory, inclusive arts-based practices,…

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Hate Interrupter Teams: The Best Practices

Hate Interrupter Teams: Youth counteracting hate speech towards migrants and minorities through participatory and creative campaign (HIT), is a 24-month project co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship programme of the European Commission, completed in 2020. The project focuses on developin…

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Graça Santos, Ph.D

Chair holder, University: Ph.D. – Polytechnic Institute of Bragança. Graça Margarida Medeiros Teixeira e Santos holds a PhD in Educational Sciences from the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Coimbra. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Sci…

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Donation by KWAK

Hope For Children Donation APP Each month millions of mobile phone users are not using the included SMS in their operators mobile plan because they are using alternative messaging platforms like WhatsApp, Signal or other messaging platforms. These users have already paid for these SMS with their ind…

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“MEDIS – Mediterranean Inclusive Schools – News Bulletin” “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center, Cyprus

The project coordinator, World University Service of the Mediterranean (WUSMED) and the partners from six European countries (Spain, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Bulgaria) continued in 2019-2020 to work closely for supporting the social and educational inclusion of children with migrant backg…

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Hate Interrupter Teams (HIT) – Awareness Raising Campaign for counteracting racism and xenophobia 19-25 October 2020

In the framework of the European Programme “HIT: Hate Interrupter Teams: Youth counteracting hate speech towards migrants and minorities through participatory and creative campaign” (REC-RRAC-RACI-AG-2017 – 807861), “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center (HFC), as the coordinator of the project…

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TRAVELOGUE – Identification and protection of victims of human trafficking

The Travelogue presents a summary of notes written by the participants during training sessions organised according to a practical pedagogical methodology, based mainly on exchanges of good practices between social workers from different countries (Cyprus, Spain, France, Italy) and partici…

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Hope For Children on #NotFoundDay 2020: Making an effort to change missing children’s lives

On September 25th and for the third consequent year, “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center joins the Missing Children Europe campaign the NotFound, a software which turns useless 404 error pages into missing children posters.   To also mark…

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Maria Lempseoglou

Maria Lempseoglou is working at ”Hope for Children” CRC Policy Center, as Social Worker at the Foster Care Department. She holds a Bachelor Degree of the Technological Educational Institute of Athens (ATEI Athens), in Social Work. Maria has working experience as a Trainee Social Worker at the Arsi…

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Kristina Panteli

Kristina Panteli is working at “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Centre as a School Psychologist at Homes For Hope for unaccompanied children in Larnaca. She provides evaluation and psychological support to unaccompanied children and support and consultation to supports officers of the shelter on child…

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Aimilia Georgiadou

Aimilia Georgiadou works at ‘Hope For Children” CRC Policy Centre’ as a support officer at the Humanitarian Division of the Organisation at the shelter of unaccompanied children. She has graduated from the Technical Institution of Athens, of Health and Welfare School of Social Services department. S…

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Elli Monti

Elli Monti is working at “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center as a Child Protection Officer at Home For Hope, for unaccompanied children in Larnaca, providing legal support and guidance to the shelter’s residents. Elli graduated from the Law School of Democritus University of Thrace and she is a ho…

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CREUS EU project – The results of the assessment and the CoE Good Practice Award

The European Project CREUS is providing a new approach focusing on ‘unconventional spaces’ to support the transversal skills of disadvantaged and unemployed young people (16-24 years-old) to maximize their potential in terms of fostering social, cultural and economic inclusion through access to init…

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International Youth Day 2020: Voice to Youth at Global Level

The International Youth Day was declared on August 12 by the UN General Assembly in 1999. Since then every year this day the opportunity is given to young people from all over the world to join their voices. Young people can be informed, participate and express their views on global issues of politi…

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The ratification of the Child Labor Convention by the Kingdom of Tonga has led to its universal ratification

On the 4th of August 2020 Ambassador for the Kingdom of Tonga, Titilupe Fanetupouvava’u Tuivakano, formally deposited the ratification instruments with ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder. The Ratification of the convention concerning the Worst Forms of Child Labour by the Kingdom of Tonga, led to its u…

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Eleni Papasymeou

Eleni Papasymeou is working at “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Centre as a Support Officer at Homes For Hope for unaccompanied children in Larnaca. She graduated from National and Kapodistrian University of Athens where she studied at the Department of Early childhood and Education. Eleni participate…

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“Hope For Children” celebrates International Child Helpline Day

May 17th has been designated as International Child Helpline Day. Every year, this day is dedicated to the worldwide work that is being done for the operation of the children’s helplines. Children’s helplines aim to help perhaps the most vulnerable group of the population, by raising their voices an…

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Annual Report 2018

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“Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center officially operates the Children’s House

The International, Humanitarian and Independent Institution “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center announces the completion of the Children’s House facilities, which was marked today with the handing over of the renovated building by the Greek Women Association “ENOSIS” to the President of the Republ…

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Participatory Action & Learning Experiences with Roma Youth

A collaborative learning resource written with Roma young people and professionals working with PEER Youth in Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, England, France, Lithuania, Ireland, Italy, Scotland , Spain and Wales. You may read more on the Training Manual here.

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The Children’s Rights Defender Award

The Children’s Rights Defender Award was established by “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center and refers to an individual or entity which through their actions, have managed to contribute to the rights of children, not only on a local but also European level and promoted Children’s rights in their c…

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CREUS Practitioner Guide

CREUS Curriculum Consists of four modules which contain the fundamental skills, knowledge, and competences mentors require to be successful and effective in their practice. Mentors will find these useful for structuring their learning and development Tools and Resources A selection of resources used…

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CREUS Mentees Visual Guide

The CREUS Mentees Visual Guide is a booklet about the Peer Mentor Journey. You may find the Visual Guide here.

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The INTEGRA MIP (Mentoring & Integration Programme)

The MIP (Mentoring & Integration Programme) is an online interactive tool available in English, Greek, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian). It can be accessed through the Resources page of the INTEGRA website https://integra.uncrcpc.org/resources/and directly through http://integra.projectsgaller…

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MEDIS– Policy Recommendations on the educational & social inclusion of children with migrant background: The Case of Cyprus

Hope For Children and CARDET proceeded in April and May 2020 with interviews with the stakeholders, for the purposes of the MEDIS* policy recommendations/ guidelines discussion & feedback. This procedure aimed to facilitate the preparation of the final MEDIS Policy Recommendations document to be…

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Theophano Pampaka

Theophano is working at “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center as a Project Officer at the Education, Awareness & Capacity Building Unit of the Research and Development Division since 2019. She is working on projects based on Human Rights, Children’s Rights, Social Inclusion through Education, Mi…

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Georgia Kyriacou

Georgia Kyriacou is working for the Humanitarian Division of “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center, as a Financial Officer. She has a BA degree in Accounting & Finance and an MSc in Business Finance. She was working in the insurance sector for 19 years. She departed from the position of the Inve…

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Evridiki Georgiou

Evridiki Georgiou is the Operations Manager at Hope for Children CRC Policy Center. She is a Sociologist and completed her studies at the University of Toronto (Canada).  During practicum she worked at the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (Ontario, Canada) in the Children’s Aid de…

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Andrea-Fotini Hadjiconstantinou

Andrea-Fotini Hadjiconstantinou joined the “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center team in February 2020 under the Education, Awareness & Capacity Building Unit and works as a Project Officer. She holds a degree in Politics, International Relations & Management (BSc) by Lancaster University an…

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20th of June: World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day was established by a decision of the UN General Assembly on 4th December 2000 and was first honored on 20th of June 2001. Every 20th of June, if not every day, we have to always remember and make a reference to that day and the people who have been forced to leave their home, their…

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Professional Capacity Development Programme: Child-friendly communication in judicial proceedings on sexual violence against children

The JudEx+: Professional capacity development programme on child-friendly communication in judicial proceedings in cases of sexual violence against children, is born out the need for implementing the guidelines outlined in international instruments such as the UNCRC, the Lanzarote Convenon, the CoE…

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Search Learning Material Individual Assessment of suspected or accused children The book “Individual Assessment of suspected or accused children” is published within the frame of the EU co-funded Justice Project“Procedural safeguards of accused or suspected children: improving the implem…

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Children continue to go missing despite lockdowns. The hotline 116 000 has an important role to support children and their families

25th of May marks the International Missing Children’s Day. This year, we commemorate the occasion  under extraordinary circumstances. Restrictive measures to limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic increase the risks for children living in difficult circumstances and lockdowns do not stop them fr…

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Short film “Watch Over Me” – Sexual abuse against children

This short film “Watch Over Me”, Directed by Leah Kayaleh and Written and Financed by Leah Kayaleh and Rani Kayaleh was made to raise awareness, and we warmly thank them for giving us the means to sensitize the public about the nature of child sexual abuse. You can watch the short film by visiting t…

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JudEx+: Towards a child-friendly justice in cases of sexual violence against children

Main Objectives All children, adolescents and youth around the world, especially those who have been victims of sexual violence and abuse, should enjoy the rights conferred by the United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). “Hope for Children” CRC Policy Center in partnership with o…

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CHAPTER: Children movement Against Physical Threatening and Emotional Repression

Physical violence against children and youth has serious negative impact on their personality. In particular, Corporal Punishment (CP) is largely ignored as a form of physical violence.  In order to take the necessary steps to ensure the protection of children’s rights against physica…

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Hope For Children attending the EuroMed Women For Dialogue Forum on the prevention of gender stereotypes n the Euro-Mediterranean region

The EuroMed Women for Dialogue Forum was held in Amman, Jordan, organized by the Anna Lindh Foundation and “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center attended, contributing to women’s role as agents for the promotion of intercultural dialogue as well as the prevailing gender stereotypes in the Euro-Medit…

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KEEP ME SAFE: Supporting youth peer development tacking sexual abuse

KEEP ME SAFE: Supporting youth peer development tacking sexual abuse (2018-3-UK01-KA205-060055): a transnational project bringing together experts from organisations across 6 EU countries (Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Slovenia, United Kingdom) to counteract sexual violence by: a) Fostering you…

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Georgia Theodorou

Georgia Theodorou is a Clinical Psychologist at “Hope for Children CRC Policy Center” and entered the Organization in 2019. She is working at Home for Hope by providing psychological support and contacting experiential workshops. Georgia graduated from the Psychology Department of the University of…

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Sophia Rossou

Sophia Rossou entered the Foster Care department of “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center in 2019 as a Social Worker. Sophia graduated from Frederick University as a Social Worker and she’s also studying Systemic Psychotherapy – Family therapy. During her studies she completed a six-month practical…

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Elena Demetriou

Elena Demetriou works as a Social Worker at “Hope for Children” CRC Policy Center for the Foster Department, since 2019. Elena holds a degree in Social Work from the Technological Educational Institute of Crete and is in the process of obtaining the postgraduate diploma in Social Work and Social Adm…

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Raphaella Photi

Raphaella Photi is Social Worker at the Foster Care Department of “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center since 2019. Raphaella holds a Social Worker Degree from the University of Frederick and a Postgraduate Diploma on Court and Forensic Psychology from Veneti Counseling Psychotherapeutic and Trainin…

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Training Program Against Corporal Punishment and Emotional Repression for Children and Young People

Physical violence against children and youth has serious negative impact on their personality. In particular, Corporal Punishment (CP) is largely ignored as a form of physical violence. Started on December 1st 2016, the project aims to increase knowledge and skills on positive parenting and upbringi…

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Children’s Rights Defender Award 2019 to young Nicholas Nikiforou

“Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center held the award ceremony of young Nicholas Nikiforou in a joyful and emotional atmosphere, rewarding him with the “Children’s Rights Defender Award 2019”. The ceremony took place at the premises of the European Union House in Nicosia. The award was given by the D…

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Lidija Vujičić

Chair holder, University: Lidija Vujičić, Rijeka University Lidija Vujičić, PhD, is a pedagogue, a Full Professor and a current Dean of the Faculty of Teacher Education, University of Rijeka, Croatia. She is the founder and the head of the Centre for Childhood Research at the same Faculty. Her scien…

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Natasa Papamarkou

Natasa Papamarkou works as a Clinical Psychologist at “Hope for Children HFC” CRC Policy Center and based at the “Children’s House”. She studies in Psychology at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece.  She also postgraduated in Clinical and Health Psychology at Eotvos Lorand Unive…

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Laws

Rights of the Child * United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child. United Nations. (1989). * Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child – The Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict (2000). * Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child…

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Tanya Herring, Ph.D.

Chair holder, University: Ph.D. – Wales Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People, Bangor University/Swansea Law School Tanya Herring, Ph.D. Education, Doctor of Management, Ph.D. International Criminal Law and International Human Rights research in the prevention and protection measu…

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Eliana Nicolaou

Eliana Nicolaou works as a Social Worker at the Children’s House. She is a graduate of the Department of Social Work of the Humanities Sciences Sector of Frederick University Cyprus. Eliana has been trained in the “Prevention and Handling of Violence in the Family” by the Association for the Prevent…

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Sotiroulla Panteli

Sotiroulla Panteli joined the CRC Policy Center “Hope for Children” as an officer of the Social Work Department in October 2018 and she is now member of the Foster Care Department. Sοtiroulla studied Social Work at the European University of Cyprus. In the past, he has been employed as a social Work…

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Sarah Hagos

Sarah Hagos is the Financial Officer of “Hope for Children” CRC Policy Center and she joined the organisation in 2018. She previously worked as a Business and Financial Consultant for Cyproman Services Limited (CPM), where she worked together with top management in a number of key business areas inc…

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Irene Georgiou

Irene Georgiou is registered to the official Association of Social Workers in Cyprus and she is currently working as a Social Worker at “Hope for Children-CRC-Policy Center” at the Humanitarian Division of the Organization, at the Foster Care Department. In 2014 she accomplished her Bachelor studies…

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Vanessa Oliveira

Vanessa Oliveira joined the CRC Policy Center’s “Hope For Children” team in April 2018 as Assistant Administrator. Vanessa manages  operational issues that provide support to Directors and other members of the Organization. At the same time Vanessa is responsible for the daily tasks of the office an…

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Anna Charalambous

Anna Charalambous holds the position of the Coordinator at Home For Hope for unaccompanied children, in Larnaca of “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center. She holds the degree of Primary Education of the Frederick University of Cyprus. Through her studies, Anna had her internship in public and privat…

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Andria Angastiniotou

Andria Angastiniotou holds the position as the Deputy Director of the Humanitarian Sector of the Organization and works mainly on programs with unaccompanied children as well as in the underwriting program. In the past, he worked as a Social Worker and Policy Officer of Hope For Children CRC Policy…

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Tania Masia

Tania Masia is a psychotherapist working as the Children’s House Coordinator at “Hope for Children” CRC Policy Center where she is responsible for the day-to-day operation of services provided for children sexual abuse cases. She graduated from Aristotle University Thessaloniki as a Psychologist and…

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Irena Georgiadou

Irena Georgiadou was born in 1978 in Nicosia, Cyprus. She is a Member of the Board of Directors of Hellenic Bank Public Company Limited, a Member of the Board of Governors of the Cyprus International Institute of Management and a Chair of its audit committee and a Member of the Board of Directors of…

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CRC Campus Club

The purpose of the CRC Campus Club is to educate children on their rights established in the Convention on the Rights of the Child and highlight current issues young people face in which these rights are violated. Under the supervision of professionals from “Hope for Children” CRC Policy Center and…

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“Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center celebrating 10 successful and fruitful years

On the International Day of the Rights of the Child November 20th, “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center (HFC) celebrated its 10th anniversary of successful course on promoting and defending the rights of children in Cyprus. Hellenic Bank was the Partner & Supporter of this great event. During t…

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Quote for the provision of External Evaluation Services

“Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center is requesting quotations for an External Evaluator to carry out the necessary work for the EU funded project BASE: Migrant and refugee child-friendly support services in cases of sexual and gender-based violence REC-AG-2017/REC-RDAP-GBV-AG-2017 – 809952, which t…

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International Day of Education: “Hope For Children’’ CRC Policy Center raises awareness about every child’s right to education

The establishment by United Nations, for the first time, of the 24th of January as International Day of Education points out the high importance of education in contemporary societies. Although access to education consists a fundamental right for all children, according to the Convention on the Righ…

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The Transnational report of CREUS project overseen by “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center

“Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center is overseeing the CREUS Transnational project report which presents a selection of projects in Cyprus, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, and United Kingdom (England), that, though diverse in practice and specific objectives, have in common the social inclusion of…

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Call for Interns in Administration and Language Support

Who are we? “Hope For Children CRC Policy Center is an International Humanitarian and Independent Institution and its headquarters are based in Nicosia, Cyprus. We conduct our work through research, advisory services, advocacy and policy, as well as through the design and implementation of grassroot…

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“Hope For Children” brings together passionate educators to empower young people on Gender Equality

“Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center organised and implemented a specialized two day workshop for educators and school counsellors on the topics of gender-based violence and gender equality as part of their EU-funded project “CONVEY – Counteracting sexual violence and…

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INTEGRA: Multidisciplinary Mentorship programme to support the entrepreneurship of children in care and young care-leavers

INTEGRA Newsletter #1: The first transnational meeting for the INTEGRA project took place in Nicosia, Cyprus, in June 2018. This moment represented the kick-off of a project that proposes a new approach to support young people ageing-out of care-systems, easing their social, cultural and economic in…

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“Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center celebrating 10 successful and fruitful years

On the International Day of the Rights of the Child November 20th, “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center (HFC) celebrated its 10th anniversary of successful course on promoting and defending the rights of children in Cyprus. Hellenic Bank was the Partner & Supporter of this great event. During t…

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High-level CoE and UN officials speaking at the conference on Children’s Rights in Digital Environment

On the occasion of the Universal Children’s Day, 20th of November, “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center has the honour to organise and to invite you to the Second National Forum on the Rights of the Child, dedicated to Children’s Rights in the Digital Environment. Hellenic Bank is the Partner &…

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“Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center supports the initiative for the children of Kenya

The International, Independent and Humanitarian institution “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center congratulates the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus and the Honorary Consul of Kenya in Cyprus, Mr. Nikos Tornaritis on the humanitarian aid initiative for the infrastructures that Holy Metropolis o…

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Radisson Blu International Marathon of Larnaca

“Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center and Stoiximan Cyprus participate at this year’s Radisson Blu International Marathon of Larnaca  The International, Humanitarian and Independent Institution “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Cente…

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Prevention of Violence Against Children and Youth in Cyprus– 19 Days of Activism

“Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center condemning any form of violence and abuse against children, is implementing again this year the “19 Days of Activism” campaign on the prevention of abuse and violence against children and young people in Cyprus with Hellenic Bank as this year’s campaign Partner…

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Rock Rock Walk Fashion Show for «Hope For Children» CRC Policy Center

The charity Rock Walk Fashion Show of Nassos Louizos aiming to financially empower the International, Independent and Humanitarian Organization “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center, will take place on Monday November 5th 2018, at 20:00, at Faneromeni Square. You are invited to support this initiati…

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Family mediation: a successful solution in child abduction cases in Cyprus and Europe

Nicosia, 15 October – Today marks the beginning of International Mediation Week which aims to promote the importance of family mediation in parental abduction cases. Despite its success rate, mediation remains a solution that is not sufficiently used in Europe. In Cyprus, the mediation service for c…

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«Hope For Children» CRC Policy Centre supports the young cyclist Stavriana Kanarkoti

The Director-General for «Hope For Children» CRC Policy Centre Mr. Joseph Borghese announced with great joy the Organization’s support towards the young cyclist, Stavriana Kanarkoti. This initiative is a part of the Organization’s efforts to encourage children and young people to get involved in spo…

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The First Lady of India and the First Lady of Cyprus visited «Hope For Children» CRC Policy Centre

On September 3rd 2018 the Director-General of «Hope For Children» CRC Policy Centre Mr. Joseph Borghese, welcomed the First Lady of India and the First Lady of Cyprus at the Organization’s premises. During the State visit of the President of India in Cyprus, the First Lady of India Ms Savita Kovind…

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Press Conference for the establishment of Mediation Service Cyprus

The “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center and the Association for the Prevention and Handling of Violence in the Family (SPAVO), realized a Press Conference in regards to the establishment of cross-border family Mediation Service Cyprus, on 28/8/2018, at “Classic Hotel” Nicosia. The press conference…

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The Observatory on Human Rights of Children in Wales establishes the Chair of the “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center

Director-General Mr. Joseph Varughese has selected Professor Jane Williams of the Observatory on Human Rights of Children in Wales for holding the Chair of CRC Policy Center. The Chair is designed for Universities and Research Centers’ work towards the protection and promotion of children’…

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#ATTraCT#

Project info: #ATTraCT#: Transnational cooperation and new technologies to train social workers on trafficking in human beings aims to promote, develop and strengthen the competencies of social workers (and more largely of other relevant stakeholders in contact with identified or potential victims o…

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PROMISE II. “Commitment and Capacity Building for the European Barnahus Movement”

Main Objectives When a child is exposed to harm, a number of different actors have a duty to safeguard his/her rights through an effective and child-friendly approach. Unless these actors work together, the child can be drawn into parallel investigations, moving between different agencies and discip…

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CONVEY – Counteracting sexual violence and harassment: engaging Youth in Schools in digital education on Gender Stereotyping.

“Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center together with other 5 partners, CESIE (IT), The Smile of the Child (GR), Gender Alternatives (BG), Westminster City Council (UK), Sexual Violence Centre Cork (IE) started at 1st of September 2016 the implementation of the CONVEY project that aims to design digit…

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CREUS. “Developing and nurturing the vocational transversal skills of disadvantaged young people through creative, non-formal learning in unconventional spaces”

The overall aim of CREUS Project is to provide a new approach focusing on ‘unconventional spaces’ to support the transversal skills of disadvantaged and unemployed young people (16-24 years-old) to maximize their potential in terms of fostering social, cultural and economic inclusion through access…

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INTEGRA: Multidisciplinary Mentorship program to support the entrepreneurship of children in care and young care leavers

INTEGRA addresses the need to equip residential care professionals to successfully support the social and professional integration of minors leaving care-systems. This will be achieved by developing tools that will a) build the capacity of such professionals as Leaving Care Mentors, and b) support s…

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European Solidarity Corps

European Solidarity Corps The European Solidarity Corps (ESC) is the new European Union initiative which creates opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe. The ESC Programme provides young people a…

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HIT: Hate Interrupter Teams – Youth counteracting hate speech towards migrants and minorities through participatory and creative campaigning

Scope and objective: The project will develop a new model of European youth empowerment to tackle racism, xenophobia and discrimination aimed at migrants. At its heart is the concept of ‘Hate Interrupter Teams’ (HITs) – task groups of young people (14-19) developed through participatory, inclusive a…

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Transnational Youth Forum on the right to education: building a brighter future for the Children on the Move

Transnational Youth Forum on the Right to Education: Building a brighter future for the Children on the Move (TYF) is a project funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, which aims at empowering Children on the Move and young adults (aged 16-30) with migrant background to research, dis…

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MiCREATE: Migrant Children and Communities in a Transforming Europe

The overall objective of the project is to stimulate the inclusion of diverse groups of migrant children by adopting a child-centred approach to their integration at the educational and policy level. Stemming from the need to revisit the integration policies on the one hand and consistent with the s…

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MEDIS – Mediterranean Inclusive Schools

“Hope for Children” CRC Policy Center and partners, coordinated by World University Service of the Mediterranean (WUSMED) will implement the MEDIS Programme which consists of different phases carrying out to prepare the professionals from the educational settings through a structured online courses…

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ALFACA II. “Alternative Family Care”

Main Objectives Only a small proportion of unaccompanied and separated children in the EU live in family based care. The majority are placed in institutional reception facilities. Working with those children means, besides dealing with different backgrounds and different languages, coping with traum…

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IA – CHILD

Project scope: IA-CHILD: Procedural safeguards of accused or suspected children – Improving the implementation of the right to individual assessment aims at exploring the legal regulation and practice regarding the individual assessment of suspected or accused children in criminal procedure (IA) of…

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CAN-MDS II – ‘Coordinated Response to Child Abuse and Neglect via a Minimum Data Set: from planning to practice’

The CAN-MDS II project targets to: ensure the availability of necessary resources, training modules & toolkits for building the capacity of professionals working with/for children in reporting & registering CAN cases; pilot the CAN-MDS system in real conditions at different levels in 6 Membe…

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BASE: Migrant and refugee child-friendly support services in cases of sexual and gender-based violence

Project info: BASE addresses the need to counteract GBV against refugee/migrant girls through the development and sustainability of strategies to nurture inclusive communication and a culture of trust between support service professionals (social workers; health professionals; NGO support officers;…

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Child Friendly JT. “The Right of Minors to Information, Translation and Interpretation in Criminal Proceedings: Development of Child-friendly Justice Tools”

Main Objectives Within the juvenile justice context, minors face, in some cases, difficulties in understanding their rights and legal duties, caused by the use of a too complex language. A child friendly language, formatted as appropriate for their age and maturity, can increase the self-confidence…

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Support VoC “Development of a Generic Support Services Model to enhance the Rights of Victims of Crime”

Main Objectives Over the last two decades, the flow of migrants and refugees, the expansion of trafficking and the sudden rise in hate crimes have created a new environment that demands changes and measures. Especially from the victim support viewpoint, the specification of minimum standards is of f…

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CHAPTER. “Children Help Movement Against Physical Threatening and Emotional Repression”

Main Objectives Physical violence against children and youth has serious negative impact on their personality. In particular, Corporal Punishment (CP) is largely ignored as a form of physical violence. In order to take the necessary steps to ensure the defence of children’s rights against physical v…

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HFC Newsletter June 2014

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Annual Report 2017

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Annual Report 2016

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Child Protection Policy

Whereas the Organization is a humanitarian organization with its headquarters in Cyprus, And, Whereas the Organization is entirely dedicated to the promotion, protection and respect of the rights of the child, And, Whereas the Organization aims to advocate and to protect children’s rights based on t…

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Annual Report 2014

Annual Report 2014 Complete pdf Version

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The Rights of Adolescents

“Hope for Children” UNCRC Policy Center in cooperation with Law Clinic of the University of Nicosia, announce the submission of their report titled “The Rights of Adolescents” to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, is draf…

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Judicial Proceedings in cases of sexual Violence Against Children: The Child’s experience

Cyprus Country Report Italy Country Report Sweden Country Report Bulgaria Country Report Slovenia Country Report

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NGO Contribution on the “Protection of the Rights of the Child and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”

Report on the “Protection of the Rights of the Child and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” NGO contribution in Cyprus & Hungary. Produced by “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center in the framework of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Report. Click here for the publication

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Policy paper on Roma Children Participation in Cyprus

Policy paper on Roma Children Participation in Cyprus, produced by “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center in the framework of the EU project “PEER: Participation, Experiences & Empowerment for Roma Youth”.Policy paper on Roma Children Participation in Cyprus, produced by “Hope For Children” CRC P…

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Submissions OHCHR “Investment in the rights of the child” and “ICT and child sexual exploitation” 2015

“Information and communications technology and child sexual exploitation” “Investment in the rights of the child”

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Vera Gomes

Vera started collaborating with Hope for Children CRC Policy in October 2017 as a volunteer through the Erasmus+ Programme from the European Commission. She’s currently working at the Home for Hope shelter as a Care Support Officer. Vera holds a graduate and master’s diploma in Psychomotor Rehabilit…

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Katerina Melissari

Katerina Melissari is working at the “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center as the Coordinator of the Child Protection Department. She studied Law at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and attended a series of conferences regarding the status of both immigrants and refugees. She has b…

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Efi Vasilaki

Efi Vasilaki is working at “Hope for Children” CRC Policy Center’s Humanitarian Division in Nicosia, as Coordinator of the Foster Care Department. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the Technological Educational Institute of Crete (TEI of Crete) and a Master’s Degree in Public Health…

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Dialechti Chatzoudi

Dialechti Chatzoudi is a Licensed School Psychologist and she works as the Coordinator of the Psychology Department at the Humanitarian Division of “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center.  Dialechti holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She has also co…

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Ioanna Drousiotou

Ioanna Drousiotou is a licenced Clinical Psychologist and she is employed by “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center, as a Family Counselor at Children’s House, providing assessment and therapy in cases of suspected child sexual abuse. She graduated from the University of Warwick (U.K.) with BSc Psych…

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Rodoula Papalambrianou

Rodoula Papalambrianou is working as a Social Worker/Family Counselor at Children’s house and she manages cases of sexually abused children through a multidisciplinary framework. Rodoula Papalambrianou has graduated as a Social Worker and she also has achieved a master degree on Criminology. Further…

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Elena Hadjithoma

Elena Hadjithoma is a licensed and registered Clinical Psychologist. She is currently employed by “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center, as a Clinical Psychologist. She is currently positioned at the “Children’s House” as a Family Counselor, performing assessment and therapy for suspected child sexu…

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Melina Dragoumi

Melina Dragoumi is an Administration Officer at the Children’s House of “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center since September 2017, a position she was prompted to accept given her interest and care for humanitarian affairs. A graduate of the Terra Santa Private School.  She successfully graduated fr…

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Alexandra Iacovidou Kameri

Alexandra Iacovidou Kameri works at “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Centre as a Social Worker at the “Children’s House” since June 1st, 2017. She is responsible of providing services to sexual abuse cases, like social support and rehabilitation services to children and their families.   She holds a d…

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Despina Louvia

Despina Louvia works as a Social Worker at “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center since September, since 2016. She works at the ‘Children’s House’ as a Family Counselor for children who are victims of sexual abuse and exploitation and their families.   Despina holds a bachelor degree in Social Work f…

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Marios Nikolaou

Marios Nicolaou holds the position of Senior Social Worker at the Children’s House under “Hope for Children” CRC Policy Center since 1st of June 2017.  Marios Nikolaou has a Bachelor degree in Social Work from 2004. Furthermore, he received a master degree in Health Policy and Planning at 2015. He a…

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Marianna Savva

Marianna Savva is a Social Worker, working as a Family Counselor at “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center in the context of Children’s House in Larnaca.  She is responsible of providing services to sexual abuse cases, like social support and rehabilitation services to children and their families.  …

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Andria Neocleous

Andria Neocleous holds the position of the Director of the Humanitarian Division of “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center since April 2014.  Her collaboration with the Organization started in 2010 as an external partner for handling unaccompanied minors and implementing EU programs. Within the frame…

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Internship / Traineeships

“Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center believes in a vision: it pictures the world as a safe and comfortable place for children, a place where they can improve while playing, get support from their families and are an active part in decision making – especially if that decision is about them. But to…

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Equal opportunities

In the Article 26 in the Covenant for Civil and Political Rights, we can read: ”All persons are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to the equal protection of the law. In this respect, the law shall prohibit any discrimination and guarantee to all persons equal and effe…

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Corporate Partners

“Hope For Children” CRC Policy Centre works closely with corporations that are interested in defending and promoting children’s rights. Hope for children have established partnerships with companies to form alliances in order to strengthen the capacity of the corporate sector in responding to childr…

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Guidelines for logo usage

Dear supporters & collaborators, Thank you very much for supporting “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center, and helping us promote our vision. In order to avoid improper usage of our logos we created this document which provides guidelines on appropriate use of the “Hope For Children” CRC Policy…

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Goodwill Ambassadors

The ceremony for the official appointment of the Goodwill Ambassador for the ONE in FIVE Campaign was held on 6th May 2011 at the Representation of the European Commission in Cyprus. At the ceremony were present, the former Minister of Labour and Social Insurance, Mrs Sotiroula Charalambous, the for…

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Special Envoy On the Rights of the Child

Appointment The Director General’s main responsibility, is to work with and for children and young people. In this regard, he has decided to establish the position of Special Envoy on the Right of the Child, aiming to advocate, while addressing at the same time, the development needs and rights of c…

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Caroline Adolphsen, PhD

Chair holder, University: Associate professor, PhD, at Department of Law, Aarhus University in the topics Children’s Law and Family Law. Caroline Adolpsen has written a PhD dissertation on the topic “Children’s Rights Regarding Medical Treatment” and teaches Children’s Law and Family Law. In 2020 sh…

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Brian K. Gran

Chair holder, University: Pr. Brian K. Gran Western Reserve University, Ohio, USA Brian K. Gran’s research concentrates on children’s rights and structures that hinder and advance their implementation. Under contract with Polity Press is Sociology of Children’s Rights. Gran has recently enjoyed invi…

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Dr. Donata Gottardi

Chair holder, University: Prof. Dr. Donata Gottardi, University of Verona      Donata Gottardi is Full Professor of Labour Law at the Department of Legal Sciences of the University of Verona and Head of the same Department since 2010. She was Member of the European Parliament, in the Committee on Ec…

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Dr. Maria Teresa Pizarro Beleza

Chair holder, University: Prof. Dr. Maria Teresa Pizarro Beleza, New University of Lisbon      Prof. Teresa Pizarro Beleza graduated in Law (University of Coimbra) and went on to Cambridge University for an M.Phil. in Criminology. Her PhD in Law was awarded by the University of Lisbon, where she tau…

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Dr. Maria Roth

Chair holder, University: Prof. Dr. Maria Roth, Babes-Bolyai University    Professor dr. Maria Roth is one of the founders of high education in the field of Social Work in Romania and since 2002 the chair of the Social Work Department in Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca. She also directs the Eur…

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Dr. Yvonne Vissing

Chair holder, University: Professor Dr. Yvonne Vissing, Salem State University                Yvonne M. Vissing, PhD, is Professor of Sociology and Founding Director of the Centre for Childhood and Youth Studies at Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts.  She has worked in the area of child…

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Dr. José Noronha Rodrigues

Chair Holder, University of Azores (Portugal): Prof. Dr. José Noronha Rodrigues José Noronha Rodrigues, Ph.D. in Law “CUM LAUDE” from the University of the Azores (Portugal), recognized as the equivalent of the degree of Doctor of Law, by the Faculty of Law of Lisbon University.   He holds an M.Sc….

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Dr. Joëlle Long

Chair holder, University: Prof. Dr. Joëlle Long, Phd Associate Professor at University of Torino, Italy Joëlle Long, Phd, is Associate Professor at the Department of Law of the University of Torino, where she teaches Family Law, Children’s Right and Vulnerable Adults’ Law and coordinates the Family…

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Amb. Prince Francis Origa

Chair holder, The Institute for Humanitarian Studies and Social Development (IHSD): Amb. Prince Francis Origa  Prince Francis Origa is a Ph.D holder and the Registrar/CEO of the Institute for Humanitarian Studies and Social Development; Nigeria’s foremost and only approved Humanitarian Professional…

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Dr. Ema Sofia Leitão

Sofia Leitão is the Director of the Research & Development Division, responsible for coordinating the activities of the R&D team of “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center. Her responsibilities include writing and coordinating grant applications ; management, development and implementation of…

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Maria Luisa de Bivar Black

As a university teacher in Lisbon, Portugal, Luisa Black was responsible for Initial Teacher Training (History), focusing mostly teaching methods (didactics) and curriculum development. Working as expert for the Council of Europe since 1996, Luisa Black was involved in bi-lateral, regional and inter…

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Elena Louroutziati

Elena Louroutziati was born in Famagusta on August 12th, 1968. She attended the 5th High School of Limassol. She studied English, French, History of Art and Public Relations in London and Switzerland. Through her works she currently supports charity organizations of the city: Member of the Associati…

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Efi Kammitsi Eliades

Born in Nicosia in 1971, she attended the English School Nicosia and went on to study in the UK where she received a Bachelor’s Honours Degree in Economics and Politics from the University of Southampton in in 1992. She continued her studies at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, from where sh…

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Dr. Arnold Kammel

Dr.Arnold Kammel studied Law and Political Science in Graz, Vienna and Alcalá de Henares (Madrid) and holds a Doctor of Law degree of the University of Graz. He obtained a Master of Arts in Business from the University of Applied Sciences in Eisenstaedt. In 2004 Arnold Kammel became a research fello…

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Dr. Isabelle Ioannides

Dr. Isabelle Ioannides (FR/CY) is a Policy Analyst in the Directorate on Impact Assessment and European Added Value of the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) of the European Parliament, where she engages in policy development and research in support of the legislative oversight that Parl…

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Dr. Antonios St. Stylianou

Dr. Antonios St. Stylianou studied Law at the University of Bristol, where he received his LL. B Law Degree with Honours in 2003. He pursued his doctoral studies in the field of International Law and Human Rights at the School of Law of the University of Kent where he was awarded his Ph.D. Dr. Styli…

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Emily Yiolitis

Emily Yiolitis is a founding partner of the Cyprus office, global head of Harneys’ Tax and Regulatory practice and heads the Cyprus Fiduciary practice. Emily’s work includes international tax structuring and planning and her clients include professional intermediaries around the globe as well as hig…

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Dimitris Ioannides

Following a 10-year successful career as a journalist and TV/Radio host in various print and broadcast media, such as ANT1 TV, DIAS Media Group, SIGMA TV, Phileleftheros Media Group, Dimitris joined Action Global Communications (www.actionprgroup.com), a leading regional full service communications…

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The rapporteur on the Rights of the child

The Office of the Rapporteur on the Rights of the Child of “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Centre was created by the Director-General for the purpose of bolstering respect for the human rights of children and adolescents in the world. The primary mandate of the Rapporteur ship on the Rights of the Ch…

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Natasa Savva

Natasa Savva works at “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center and holds the position of the Communication Officer. As a student she graduated the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the Department of Communication and Media Studies. Following that, Natasa attended the Media and Communic…

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Joseph Borghese

Joseph Borghese has a Bachelor degree in Philosophy (BA honors) and in Education (B.Ed) He has received his master degree in Social Work (MA) and continued with a masters in International Relations (MA) Mr Borghese is the Director-General of the organization “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center, an…

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Privacy Policy

“Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center The “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center is an international humanitarian and independent Institution based in Nicosia, Cyprus. Our Institution is established on standards and principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and Europea…

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Mr Bragi Gudbrandsson awarded with the Children’s Rights Defender Award of “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center

There are persons and entities that continuously engage in remarkable actions in the field of children’s rights, but their effort and loyalty is not always recognized and appreciated. For this reason, Hope for Children CRC Policy Center, has established the Children’s Rights Defender Award. This awa…

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Annual Report 2015

This Annual Report covers “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center activities for 2015 (PDF)

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