“Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center, project co-ordinator.

http://www.uncrcpc.org/

“Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center (HFC) is an Independent, International and Humanitarian Institution
with headquarters in Nicosia, Cyprus.

Active in the fields of research, advisory services, advocacy and policy as well as through the design and implementation of grassroot programmes. The vision of HFC is to contribute to the protection and promotion of the rights of the child and to support the active participation of children and youth in society. Our institution aims to advocate and to protect children’s rights based on the standards and principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and European Union Law.

HFC operates 2 shelters for unaccompanied children offering rehabilitation, integration and durable solution services. The shelters were established with the approval of Social Welfare Services, which continuously collaborates with our institution. The shelters are funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund of the Ministry of Interior in Cyprus. The services provided contribute to the rehabilitation and integration of the unaccompanied minors hosted by the Institution; provide psychosocial support and counselling; establish mechanisms of durable solution for family tracing, assessment and reunification; non-formal education seminars and other youth initiatives in order to tackle social exclusion and discrimination, and guarantee protection and safety of the UMs.

HFC has launched a Pilot Programme regarding Foster Care for unaccompanied children, Asylum seekers/beneficiaries of international protection. The Programme is co-funded by the Ministry of Interior’s European Funds Unit (Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund), aiming to recruit, train, and assess potential foster parents to undertake the care of unaccompanied minors in need of international protection.

In collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Cyprus, HFC established and operates the first Children’s House in the country (based on the multidisciplinary interagency cooperation Barnahus model for cases of sexual abuse of children).

Campaigns/programmes include: ONE in FIVE Campaign to stop sexual violence against children and young people; Beat Bullying Programme; Human rights non formal education training to teachers and young people; operation of the European Helpline for the Support of Children and Adolescents 116111; European Hotline for Missing Children 116000.