Project on the field Albania

From 1 Jan 2013 To 31 Dec 2015

Developing a Child Protection Safety Net in Albania – Phase II

SUPPORTING A MORE CHILD-CENTRED, QUALITATIVE AND INTEGRATED SYSTEM OF PROTECTION AGAINST CHILD ABUSE, NEGLECT AND EXPLOITATION

3425_albania_country_page_smallBuilding on the results and lessons learned from the CPSN project implemented from 2009 to 2012, Tdh Albania is now embarking on a second phase to build a more child-centered, qualitative and integrated system of protection for children at risk or victims of various forms of abuse in Albania.

The Context
In Albania, a large number of children continue to be victims of violence and various studies highlight the high incidence of child maltreatment including and combining different forms of child abuse: predominant prevalence of psychological (69% of children) and physical (59%) violence, but sexual harassment and sexual violence reported at 11% and 5% respectively. Reports also show that the problem is often hidden and probably largely unreported. Despite the repeated concerns raised in the US TIP reports that Albanian children are subjected to sex trafficking, forced labour, including forced begging within the country and across borders, these issues are still inadequately addressed and the EU highlights that ‘policies are in place but implementation remains slow’ . Despite some progress and a new Law for the Protection of Children’s Rights defining institutional mechanisms for dealing with child abuse cases, the responsible institutions and structures are still falling short to provide a sustainable and viable protection system for all children, in particular for the most vulnerable children such as Roma and Egyptians. Several gaps persist including the availability of services and specialized programs with sustainable funding staffed with trained professionals and an efficient and effective multi-sectoral coordination mechanism.

The purpose of this new project phase is to accompany the Reform of the Social Care Services currently conducted by the Albanian Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, in collaboration with UNICEF and with support from SDC, and to durably develop and institutionalize the structures, mechanisms and competences necessary to ensure coordinated responses between sectors and non-formal actors, including children themselves, for the protection of children from all forms of neglect, abuse and exploitation in the country.

The specific objective of this project is that by the end of 2015, the child protection safety net will be offering more child-friendly services to children in need of protection in 5 regions through enhanced capacity and developed synergies between actors at all levels in line with the Albanian reform of social services.
More specifically, the project relies on the combination of four expected results:

  • Vulnerable children and communities, especially Roma, in 5 areas of Albania are effective in identifying and addressing various forms of child abuse and exploitation through advocacy and social mobilization
  • Child Protection Stakeholders provide more coordinated and qualitative services to children and vulnerable families
  • Children without parental care and at risk of separation benefit from more child centered services
  • Child Protection Protocols, Policies, Laws, and transnational agreements are institutionalized and implemented

Main activities will aim to:

  • Develop curricula, tools and deliver capacity building programs for child protection units workers, and other related partners such as social administrators, education personnel (teachers, school psychologists and directors), police representatives, health personnel, judiciary personnel and others to help identify and address child abuse;
  • Train supervisors and inspectors to improve accountability and quality of services delivered;
  • Establish a multi-disciplinary platform of competences to increase the quality of services offered;
  • Formalize and train multi-sectoral round tables to ensure coordination and multi-disciplinary responses to child abuse cases;
  • Empower children and community members from Roma and Egyptian vulnerable populations to identify cases of children in need of protection, assist and refer them to existing services;
  • Facilitate community and children groups peer-to-peer activities on child protection-related issue;
  • Support at risk children through preventive activities and psychosocial assistance
  • Support better care standards in residential institutions and support the development of alternative support services;
  • Develop tools, processes and mechanisms to involve and consult children;
  • Influence the design and implementation of laws, policies and strategies through evidence-based research and monitoring.

Country, region(s), cities Albania: nationwide and more specifically in Tirana, Durres, Elbasan, Fier and Korca

Length of the phase: Phase II: January 2013 – December 2015 (3 years)
Number of beneficiaries: At least 5000 children and 500 professionals

Contact:
Ms. Sendrine Constant – Delegate
Terre des hommes Delegation in Albania
Address: Rruga “Faik Konica”, Vila 19, Tirana, Albania,
Phone/Fax No: 00355 (0) 4 2 374 445
e-mail: info@tdhalbania.org

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