First National Forum | JudEx+ Child-Friendly Justice in Europe
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ABOUT

In the framework of the EU project JudEx+: Towards a child-friendly justice in cases of sexual violence against children, “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center is organising the 1st national forum on the Rights of the Child to disseminate the outcomes of the project and to promote the sustainability of child-friendly practices in judicial proceedings in cases of sexual violence against children.

 

Following the successful collaboration between “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center and national stakeholders throughout the 2 years of project implementation, and with the purpose of strengthening and sustaining multiservice collaboration on child-friendly practices and children’s rights, the event will mark the launch of the 1st National Forum on Children’s Rights.

 

The forum will bring together national stakeholders and will emphasise the importance, and challenges, of establishing a coordinated multiservice approach to judicial proceedings respectful and inclusive of children’s rights. The event will foster dialogue on the Cypriot context, and it will be a forum for exchanging good-practices at EU level, particularly through shared knowledge and experiences of partner organisations from Italy, Sweden, Slovenia, Bulgaria and UK.

 

The 1st National Forum on the Rights of the Child, under the theme Child-Friendly Justice in Europe, will take place in Nicosia, September 21st

WHEN AND WHERE

The 1st National Forum on the Rights of the Child, under the theme Child-Friendly Justice in Europe, will take place in Nicosia, September 21st at the event venue of Hellenic Bank Administration Building.

PROGRAMME:

 

8:30 – 9:00 : REGISTRATION

9:00 – 9:10: Welcome and introduction

 

  • JOSEPH VARUGHESE, Director-General, “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center

 

9:10 – 10:15        Panel I: CHILD-FRIENDLY PRACTICES IN CYPRUS & THE EU

 

(Maximum speech duration: 10mins)

  • MRS. ZETA EMILIANIDOU, Minister of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance
  • MR. IONAS NICOLAOU, Minister of Justice & Public Order: Child-friendly Justice
  • DR. COSTAS KADIS, Minister of Education and Culture: Empowering and safeguarding children through education.
  • DR. CHRISTINA VASILEIOU GIANNAKI, Director General of the Ministry of Health: Provision of holistic care to children in cases of sexual violence.
  • MS. IRENE LOIZIDOU NIKOLAIDOU, Commissioner for the protection of personal data: Data Protection and Children’s Rights.

 

10:15 – 10:40: COFFEE BREAK

10:40 – 12:00:  Plenary Session I: ADDRESSING SEXUAL VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN

 

Moderator: ELENI KARAYIANNI, University of Cyprus

  • IOANNA KATSOUNARI, Frederick University
  • ELENA EFRAIM, President of Nicosia’s Assize Court
  • CHARA TAPANIDOU, Head of the Child and Family Unit, SWS
  • MARIOS NICOLAOU, Senior Social Worker, Children’s House, “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center
  • TANIA MASIA, Children’s House Coordinator, “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center

 

12:00 – 13:00: LUNCH BREAK

13:00 – 14:30:  Plenary Session II: CHILD-FRIENDLY PROCEEDINGS IN JUDEX+ PARTNER COUNTRIES

 

Moderator: VAGGELIS GETTOS, Policy & Advocacy Officer, “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center

  • SOFIA LEITAO, Director of Research & Development, “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center, Facilitating the process of informing the child and family about the proceedings – The “Justice & Rights Manual for children”.
  • NOEMI DE LUCA, CESIE, Italy: Multidisciplinary, sustainable collaboration towards child-friendly proceedings.
  • BLAZ LENARIC, Science & Research Center, Slovenia, Keeping children safe – Online environments.
  • IVO DIMITRIOV, KNOW & CAN ASSOCIATION, Bulgaria: Empowering and capacitating professionals on child-friendly proceedings – Delivering Multidisciplinary training.
  • YENGENIYA AVERHED, Folkuniversitetet, Sweden: Keeping children safe – Raising awareness.
  • ANDREAS CONSTANTINIDES, Frederick University, Cyprus, Facilitating the process of informing the child and family about the proceedings – The mobile application “Kiki & the Children’s House”
  • ALEX WALKER, Rinova: Empowering and capacitating professionals on child-friendly proceedings – Development of online learning tools.

 

14:30 – 16:00:  Plenary Session III: ADVOCATING FOR CHILDREN’S RIGHTS

 

Moderator: ANTONIS STYLIANOU, Senior Advisory Board Member of “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center

  • ANASTASIA PAPADOPOULOU, Special Advisor to the Ad hoc Ministerial Committee to the National Strategy for the protection of children from sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, and child pornography
  • MARIA KARAGIANNI, Coordinator of the Observatory on School Violence, Ministry of Education
  • COSTAS VEIS, Superintendent B’, Head of the Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Office, Crime Combating Department, Cyprus Police
  • ANDRIA NEOCLEOUS, Director of the Humanitarian Division, “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center

 

16:00 – 16:05:   CONCLUDING REMARKS AND NEXT STEPS – The 1st National Forum on Children’s Rights:

 

  • STELLA KYRIAKIDOU, President of the Parliamentarian Committee on Human Rights and On Equal Opportunities for Men and Women

Title Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Supporter

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please feel free to contact Mrs. Aliki Varella.

Address

75 Limassol Avenue Office 201,
2nd Floor 2121 Nicosia, Cyprus

Phone

+357 22 504 635

E-mail

info@uncrcpc.org

varella.a@uncrcpc.org

REGISTER

In order to attend the forum, registration is compulsory and should be done the latest by the 15th of September, due to a limited number of seats .