PRESS RELEASE – The Practice of the Protective Custody of Minors and the Concept of Child Protection

A large number of unaccompanied refugee minors are under protective custody status awaiting to get integrated into sheltering structures.

According to statistics from the National Center for Social Solidarity (EKKA), 1,195 places are currently available in shelter facilities for children, while the total number of unaccompanied refugee minors in Greece is 3,558.

ARSIS Association for the Social Support of Youth is systematically intervening in detention centers for unaccompanied minors in the wider area of ​​Thessaloniki and Kilkis since 2015. Through an interdisciplinary team, the organization provides psychosocial, legal and material support to unaccompanied minors, trying to create conditions that lead to less damage to the aggravating condition of detention.

In 2017, the ARSIS multidisciplinary team supported 353 unaccompanied minors and in 2018 (until mid-October) it supported 598 ones in detention facilities in Thessaloniki area.

The framework for the protection of unaccompanied minors is probably the one with the greatest gaps, both in legal terms and the one of the necessary logistical infrastructure.

PRESS RELEASE: European Day against Human Trafficking

The increasing rate of poverty and the constant violation of human rights add a new dimension to human trafficking. Therefore, the 18th of October has been designated as the European Day against Human Trafficking.

Currently, there are four categories of trafficking of minors in Greece:

  1. Child labour, whether it be in the streets or in businesses.
  2. Sexual exploitation. 
  3. Recruitment of children who are then forced to join human trafficking gangs.
  4. Kidnapping for ransom.

Since the beginning of 2018, ARSIS – Association for the Social Support of Youth has located 500 unaccompanied minor refugees/immigrants, as well as 250 children from the Balkans living and working on the streets, exposed to harsh conditions and falling prey to traffickers.

PRESS RELEASE-Educational Interventions on Human Rights in School Units of Thessaloniki

In 2006 the ARSIS – Association for the Social Support of Youth was officially designated by the Council of Europe as a translation agency in greek, reproducing and disseminating the Compass methodology. Since then organizes awareness-raising educational interventions in primary and secondary schools and seminars for teachers.

In the framework of the program “Psychosocial and health interventions for the well-being of children from vulnerable populations” called “In4Child”, the Youth Support Center of ARSIS – Association for the Social Support of Youth will organize educational interventions in order to inform and raise awareness on human rights in schools in the region of Thessaloniki during the academic year 2018-2019. The interventions target at students of all educational levels, experiential and are organized based on the methodology of Compass and Compasito manuals, the official manuals for human rights education with children and young people from the Council of Europe. Through various subject areas, the activities help young people and children to understand and adopt the values ​​of human rights in order to fight for their defense in their everyday life.

Job Vacancy for one Interpreter/Cultural Mediator Sorani or Kurmanji to Epirus region

ARSIS – Association for Social Support of Youth is looking for 1 new employee to be contracted with a 4 months contract, in the framework of «Support to refugees and migrants in Greece through an integrated multi-sector response» project. The project is implemented in Epirus in the Refugee Hosting Facilities of Katsikas, Doliana and Filippiada in collaboration with ASB and WAHA and it is funded by European Union under the Funding Agreement ECHO/-EU/BUD/2018/01001.

The following vacancy refers to Epirus region.

PRESS RELEASE: “Psychosocial and health interventions for the well-being of children from vulnerable populations” called “In4Child” (for the child)

“Psychosocial and health interventions for the well-being of children from vulnerable populations” called “In4Child” (for the child) are being implemented by ARSIS – Social Support Organization for Youth, the University St. Kliment Ohridski Higher Medical School of The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, UKLO, UNESCO Club of Serres and Lifestart – Growing And Learning together.

This crossborder project aims at strengthening the cooperation between Greece and The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in the field of child protection and support for vulnerable social groups. Representatives of the four partners held their first official meeting on Friday 29 June in Thessaloniki, in order to jointly organize the implementation of the actions.

The project is funded by the INTERREG IPA CBC Program “Greece – The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 2014-2020”, co-funded by the European Union and National Funds of the participating countries.

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