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Support of the Operation of the Child Safety Care Unit – “Sophie Varvitsioti”, Athens General Children’s Hospital “P. & A. Kyriakou”

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children - ELIZA was founded in 2018 with the sole purpose of protecting children who have suffered or are at risk of suffering abuse or neglect. All ELIZA’s actions aim to prevent, deal with, treat and remedy abuse nationwide. In this context and following ELIZA’s initiative, the Child Safety Care Unit – “Sophie Varvitsioti” of the 2nd Paediatric Clinic of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) was founded at the Athens General Children’s Hospital “P. & A. Kyriakou”.

The new Unit is the first specialised hospital department in Greece for the identification, examination and interdisciplinary treatment of infants and children with abuse or neglect symptoms, as well as for the protection of vulnerable families. In accordance with international standards, the Unit possesses a clinic that is appropriately configured and equipped, suitable for the examination and monitoring of infants and children suspected to be victims of abuse or neglect, as well as a meeting area and workplace for all professionals involved in their treatment. Furthermore, in collaboration with different specialists, innovative educational programmes are performed through the Unit, as well as information sessions and other activities for the support of children and their families, which take place within and outside the Hospital.

Having as a priority the support of social welfare activities through the reinforcement of institutions that possess the know-how and capacity to intervene when it comes to child protection issues in Greece, the Latsis Foundation supported ELIZA’s initiative by covering the remuneration of a university scholar – paediatrician for one year, in order to contribute to the Unit’s daily operation. The scholar’s role is crucial as, among other things, he assesses and manages cases of possible child abuse under the supervision of the Head of the Unit, he acts as the communication channel between the Hospital’s physicians and the relevant professionals involved in an abuse/neglect case (e.g. social workers) and he contributes to the identification and support of vulnerable families.

  • In 2019, the cases examined where there was a suspicion of severe neglect increased by 100% compared to the previous year, while 15 cases of suspected sexual abuse were examined.
  • The average hospital stays of the children decreased through the operation of the Unit to approximately 1/3rd, as the hospitalization duration was 13 days in 2019, from 30 in 2016.

 

“All children deserve a childhood based on safety and protection. At ELIZA, every day we try to change the lives of vulnerable children that are in danger or have been victims of abuse and neglect. Our valuable partnership with the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation enables us to plan and implement pioneering initiatives in Greece, such as the operation of the 1st Hospital Unit for abused children, which create multiple benefits for the entire society. Our collaboration fills us with optimism and faith, as we find valuable allies for our work with whom we share the same vision for our world’s future, which belongs to our children.”

Aphrodite Stathi

Executive Director, ELIZA

GRANTS

SOCIAL WELFARE & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Upgrade of the National Health System Programme

Grant of University Scholarship

Paediatric Surgery Clinic, University General Hospital “ATTIKON”

Support of the Operation of the Child Safety Care Unit – “Sophie Varvitsioti”, Athens General Children’s Hospital “P. & A. Kyriakou”

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children - ELIZA  

Initiative “Never Alone - Building our future with children and youth arriving in Europe”

European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM)

Ενίσχυση Λειτουργίας

HOPEgenesis 

Creation of Stray Companion Animals Shelter

Paros Animal Welfare Society - “PAWS”

“Epikentro” Multi-Purpose Venue for Action and Change

THALES II Programme: “Mapping and Evaluation of Greek Non-Profit Organizations”

University of the Peloponnese - Department of Political Science and International Relations 

Support of the “Incubator” programme

Higher Incubator Giving Growth and Sustainability (HIGGS) 

Olympic Preparation Scholarship Programme 2019

Prevention and Examination Centres “Checkpoint”

Positive Voice

Documentary: “Container”

WHITE HIGHLANDS LLC / DAPHNE MATZIARAKI 

E-book: Αssessment of accessibility of the School of Information and Communication Technologies of the Department of Informatics of the University of Piraeus

Career Sign

PROGRAMME: “Points of Support”

“Building Bridges of Cooperation”

Association of Parents, Guardians and Friends of People with Autism of the Prefecture of Rethymno 

PROGRAMME: “Points of Support”

Summer Camps for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

EPILOGI KOINSEP 

Management of mourning and loss by people with mental disability

KOINSEP Puzzle

PROGRAMME: “Points of Support”

Second Round of the "Collaborating for Health" Programme

PROGRAMME: “Collaborating for Health”

Legal Support for individuals living with HIV/AIDS

Centre for Life

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