Families / Unaccompanied Minors

The interventions of GCR are based on the principle of holistic intervention and the prioritization of vulnerable groups, such as families and unaccompanied minors. The dangers and difficulties faced by these refugee groups require timely and personalized interventions.

For families, there is an innovative holistic approach which secures living support, legal counseling and representation, integration measures with language courses for adults and children, access to health services, educational services and professional counseling services.

GCR has a specialized intervention team dealing with the protection of minors based on the principles that are in line with the UNHCR’s framework for the protection of minors and the recent additions to the Framework on Educational Strategy (2012-16).

Running

Provision of Humanitarian assistance to refugees and asylum seekers in Greece ECHO/-EU/BUD/2017/01004

Περίοδος υλοποίησης:

01/07/2018-31/12/2018

Συνεργάτης:

International Rescue Committee με χρηματοδότηση του DG ECHO

Τόπος Υλοποίησης:

Αθήνα, Αλεξάνδρεια, Βέροια

Στόχοι:

Στόχος του προγράμματος είναι η  υποστήριξη 24/7 δύο Ασφαλών Ζωνών  φιλοξενίας στον Ελαιώνα, Αθήνα και Αλεξάνδρεια, Β. Ελλάδα και η παροχή υπηρεσιών κοινωνικής προστασίας  για το γενικό πληθυσμό στις Δομές Φιλοξενίας στον Ελαιώνα και Βέροια.  Το πρόγραμμα υλοποιείται  με την υποστήριξη της IRC  και χρηματοδότηση της Γενικής Διεύθυνσης Ευρωπαϊκής Πολιτικής Προστασίας και Επιχειρήσεων Ανθρωπιστικής Βοήθειας (DG ECHO – European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid).

 

Δραστηριότητες:

Τα Safe Zones (Ασφαλείς Ζώνες) είναι δομές φιλοξενίας ασυνόδευτων ανηλίκων 14-18 ετών, οι οποίες λειτουργούν εντός των ανοιχτών δομών φιλοξενίας προσφύγων.

Κάθε Ασφαλής ζώνη δημιουργήθηκε ως εναλλακτική πρόταση αντί της κράτησης, και παρόλο που κάθε μία  έχει διαφορετικά χαρακτηριστικά, το  κύριο στοιχείο είναι  η παροχή υπηρεσιών φροντίδας  24 ώρες,  κάθε μέρα , με ψυχοκοινωνική, ψυχολογική, νομική και εκπαιδευτική στήριξη με στόχο το βέλτιστο συμφέρον των ανηλίκων.

 

Αποτελέσματα:

Παροχή ολοκληρωμένης κοινωνικής  και νομικής υποστήριξης για 60 ασυνόδευτους ανηλίκους.

Πολύχρωμη πόλη

Τίτλος Προγράμματος:

Πολύχρωμη πόλη,

 ένας χώρος για παιδιά που αναζητούν πατρίδα…

Περιγραφή προγράμματος:

Η δράση «Πολύχρωμη πόλη» αφορά στη λειτουργία ενός χώρου υποστήριξης και φροντίδας για ασυνόδευτους ανηλίκους (κατά προτεραιότητα) και παιδιά προσφύγων & μεταναστών, τα οποία διαβιούν σε δομές φιλοξενίας της Αττικής ή βρίσκονται σε διαδικασία εύρεσης κατάλληλου χώρου στέγασης.

 

Ειδικότερα, η συγκεκριμένη δράση αποσκοπεί στην κάλυψη του ιδιαίτερα μεγάλου ελλείμματος που παρουσιάζεται στην παροχή ατομικής ψυχοκοινωνικής και νομικής υποστήριξης στα ασυνόδευτα ανήλικα και στα παιδιά προσφύγων και μεταναστών που διαβιούν στην Περιφέρεια Αττικής, τα οποία αντιμετωπίζουν ιδιαίτερα προβλήματα π.χ μονογονεϊκές οικογένειες, γονείς με προβλήματα υγείας ή προβλήματα ένταξης, ενδοοικογενειακής βίας, κλπ. παρέχοντας υποστήριξη  τόσο του οικογενειακού περιβάλλοντος όσο και του παιδιού με στόχο την  καλύτερη ένταξη και ανάπτυξή του σε ατομικό και σε κοινωνικό επίπεδο.

 

Ο χώρος λειτουργεί στο πλαίσιο του Διαπολιτισμικού Κέντρου Προώθησης Προσφύγων "ΠΥΞΙΔΑ" του Ελληνικού Συμβουλίου για τους Πρόσφυγες και θα προσφέρει ψυχοκοινωνική και νομική στήριξη στα παιδιά, καθώς και ποικίλες εκπαιδευτικές και ψυχαγωγικές δράσεις.

 

Στόχοι / προσδοκώμενα αποτελέσματα:

Από τη συνολική λειτουργία του χώρου εκτιμάται ότι θα παρασχεθούν εξατομικευμένες ψυχοκοινωνικές ή/και νομικές υπηρεσίες σε περίπου 200 παιδιά προσφύγων και μεταναστών. 

 

Ημερομηνία έναρξης:  01/11/2016

 

Ημερομηνία λήξης: 30/10//2016

 

Δελτία Τύπου

Protection for Minors

Implementation period: 1/1/2017 - 31/3/2018
Collaborators: World Jewish Relief
Country of implementation: Greece
Aims: This program aims to facilitate the protection of children, families and minors by ensuring their access and utilization of all appropriate and available services within the current protection framework in a specialised Family and Child Hub in the Centre of Athens.
Activities:
  • This project foresees a holistic approach, allowing GCR’s team to offer a range of legal and social services, supported with supplementary activities for families, children and especially UAMs.
  • The Hub will provide information and assistance to children, incl. Unaccompanied minors, and their families to access the rights they deserve. The lawyer and social worker will provide access to shelter, health, education, as well as to asylum either in Greece, or to another European country through the family reunification procedures in place.
  • The legal and social assistance is based on a individualised assessment of each beneficiary, and a specific action plan is followed.
  • The initiative will utilize close synergies with reliable actors to prioritise the identification of the most vulnerable cases.
Results: Approximately 100 children (including UAMs) will receive legal aid and adolescents will receive social support for their schooling and additional support related to recreational activities, sports and arts, social training related to citizenship and intercultural education etc.

Completed

Provision of legal services to vulnerable refugees & asylum seekers in Kos & Skaramangas

Implementation period: 15/01/2017 – 30/09/2017
Collaborators: Save the Children
Country of implementation: Greece
Aims: This project seeks to enhance the protection of vulnerable refugee children in the open accommodation structure for refugees of Kos and Skaramangas, through providing specialized protection and legal support to vulnerable, at-risk children. These children will include, but not be limited to, unaccompanied and separated children (UASC).
Activities:
  • Provision of legal information and counselling: Vulnerable minor beneficiaries (as aforementioned) will be informed on his/her rights and receive advice;
  • Interview and assessment of cases;
  • Provision of legal aid: Beneficiaries with a valid claim* for asylum will be supported throughout the asylum procedure (where applicable, considering the time-consuming asylum procedures);
  • Representation of asylum seekers before and after first instance asylum procedure (where applicable);
  • Provision of interpretation services.
Results: On the spot legal information. At this stage an initial assessment and prioritisation of vulnerable cases will be made. Legal counseling will be provided after the initial assessment of cases, through provision of individualised sessions to beneficiaries. Attention will be given to particularly vulnerable persons in need of international protection
Center for Families and Children

Timetable: 01/09/2016 – 28/02/2018
Project manager:  
Support: Christian Aid
Countries of implementation: Greece
Κατηγορία:  
Aim: The program aims to facilitate the protection of children, families and minors by ensuring their access and utilization of all appropriate and available services within the current protection framework in a specialised Center for Families and Children in the Centre of Athens.
Activities:

1. SOCIAL & PSYCHOLOGICAL SUPPORT / TRAINING ACTIVITIES:

In the Shelter you can find a Social Worker, a Psychologist & a Teacher, who provide:
• Information on social, accession, medical, labor, educational and other matters.
• Art/cultural activities for children.
• Psychological support groups for adults.
• Greek lessons for adults and children.
• Learning support for primary and secondary students.
• Information – guidance about the enrollment of students in all levels of education.
• Individual psychological support for children.



2. LEGAL ASSISTANCE

The lawyers of the Shelter provide individual legal assistance to unaccompanied minors and families that apply for international protection. In particular:
• They provide information and advice to the applicants regarding the process of applying for international protection, and particularly regarding the application for asylum and the possibility for family reunification and relocation.
• They provide legal representation to children and families before the administrative and judicial authorities, in order to achieve a favorable decision regarding their application.
• They cooperate with the Juvenile Prosecutor in order to be appointed as guardians of unaccompanied minors under 15, and to be able to legally represent them.
• They provide advice to the applicants regarding their rights, and they facilitate the applicants’ access to the application process.
• They provide information regarding the applicants’ rights to family reunification and relocation.
• They provide information regarding the status of their applications.

 

3. EMPLOYMENT COUNSELING:

The Employment Counselor of the Shelter provides:
• Information regarding labor rights and obligations.
• Support on practical matters (Social Security Number-AMKA, Tax Registration Number-AFM, health insurance card/booklet, etc.)
• Employment counseling (development of personal skills, writing resumes, preparation of self-presentation for interviews).
• Approaching potential employers, searching for job opportunities and getting a job.
• Referral to Greek language and professional training programs.

Results:

The program aims to facilitate the protection of children and their families in order to ensure the appropriate services in a specialized Unit and a Family Friendly space in the Centre of Athens. This project foresees a holistic approach, allowing GCR’s team to be able to offer a range of legal and social services, supported with supplementary activities for families, children and UAMs.
The “Center for Families and Children” will inform and assist children and their families with access to basic health and care services, access to education and the provision of legal counseling and psychological support. The initiative will utilize close synergies with reliable actors thus prioritizing the identification of the most vulnerable cases.

Center for Families and Children
Address: 20, Solomou str. Exarhia-4th floor (near OMONIA metro station)
Telephone: +30 210 3814710
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday (08:30 until 20:00)
Email: pyxidaesp@gcr.gr

Κέντρο υποδοχής ευάλωτων ατόμων αιτούντων άσυλο στο κέντρο της Αθήνας

Ημερομηνία: Σεπτέμβριος 2013 – Δεκέμβριος 2015
Διαχειριστής:

Γιατροί του Κόσμου, Ελλάδα

Συνεργάτες:

Ελληνικό Συμβούλιο για τους Πρόσφυγες

Χώρα:

Ελλάδα

Στήριξη:

Επιχορηγήσεις του Ευρωπαϊκού Οικονομικού Χώρου (ΕΟΧ επιχορηγήσεις), Πρόγραμμα SΟΑΜ 

Στόχοι:

Ο γενικός στόχος του προγράμματος είναι να συμβάλει στην κοινωνική και νομική προστασία των ευάλωτων αιτούντων άσυλο στην Ελλάδα. 

Δραστηριότητες:
  • Εξασφάλιση ιατρικής φροντίδας και φαρμακευτικής περίθαλψης-Ειδική μέριμνα θα ληφθεί για τα παιδιά και τις εγκύους
  • Παροχή νομικής υποστήριξης με παράλληλη λήψη μέτρων για την επίσπευση των διαδικασιών ασύλου και την εξασφάλιση της πρόσβασης στις εν λόγω διαδικασίες, όπως και για την επίλυση πιθανών προβλημάτων στη διαδικασία ένταξης
  • Παροχή κοινωνικών υπηρεσιών για την ολιστική και ομαλή ένταξη στην κοινωνία
  • Παροχή εκπαιδευτικών δραστηριοτήτων για παιδιά και ενήλικες.
Αποτελέσματα:

Ως αναμενόμενο αποτέλεσμα ορίζεται η προσφορά υπηρεσιών υποδοχής σε τουλάχιστον 300 ευάλωτες περιπτώσεις (μονογονεϊκές οικογένειες, ευάλωτες γυναίκες, κ.ά.) που αναζητούν άσυλο στην Ελλάδα.

Emergency Relief Aid

 Περίοδος υλοποίησης:

1/5/2016 - 31/10/2016

Διαχειριστής:  
 Συνεργάτες: 

World Jewish Relief

 Χώρες υλοποίησης:

Greece

Κατηγορία:

 

 

 Στόχοι:

The project aims to address the to address the lack of protective and supportive relief services to the most vulnerable refugees, which has been identified through the field work of the operational outreach teams of social workers in Athens, Thessaloniki and the islands, that cover accommodation sites, first reception sites and hotspots and the work through the services that are provided in GCR’s Central Social Services Unit, since there are numerous cases of very vulnerable persons in need of additional aid . Although main needs such as food and shelter are covered there are always list of items that are lacking; and there is a constant need of specific essential items particularly for women. The intervention will address the lack of hygiene products for women, along with essential products for mothers with babies. The field work has also identified a need for mothers’ mobility, so slings and strollers are proposed to cover these needs. The issue of mobility was identified from previous operations so the purchase of additional disability chairs is considered necessary. Lastly the project wants to address the lack of emergency accommodation by providing access to short term residence to very vulnerable cases (mothers with very young babies, single parents, large families, and people with disability or chronic illnesses) that will need transit accommodation for a short period of time.

 Δραστηριότητες:

 

Distribution of items, Provision of emergency accommodation to PoC

 Αποτελέσματα:

The direct beneficiaries of the project are estimated to be 1.500 refugees and persons in need of international protection of all ages, mostly women, but also  family members of the first group.

Refugee compass

 Περίοδος υλοποίησης:

2016

Διαχειριστής:  
 Συνεργάτες: 

Kreuzberger Kinderstiftung

 Χώρες υλοποίησης:

Ελλάδα

Κατηγορία:

 

 Στόχοι:

The fundamental goal of the project is to enhance youth integration into Greek society in a bottom up approach.

To achieve the above the project will aim to achieve the following objectives:

- to strengthen youth through the development of their confidence and self-esteem, leadership skills, teamwork thinking and abilities.

- to provide options for their voice to be heard and a safe space of expression and recreation that they can call their own.

- to provide services and activities that match their specific needs

 Δραστηριότητες:

The Activities and suggested methodology consist of:

- Creation of an Advisory Board
- Weekly meetings between the ""Pyxis"" social worker and the Advisory Board
- Provision of counselling and support to youth participating in Pyxis activities
- Cultural and Educational Activities Following the aforementioned weekly meetings, five cultural and five educational activities will be discussed, decided and organised by the Advisory Board with the support of GCR staff.
- Evaluation

 Αποτελέσματα:

 

Protection for Minors

 Περίοδος υλοποίησης: 1/4/2016-31/12/2016
Διαχειριστής:  
 Συνεργάτες: 

World Jewish Relief

 Χώρες υλοποίησης:

Greece

Κατηγορία:

 

 Στόχοι:

Identification of unaccompanied children in need of the services. Provide legal and social assistance.

 Δραστηριότητες:

Through legal information and counseling identified minors will be presented with options that are suitable for them. State authorities will be notified and follow up will ensure that the registration was successful.
Social assistance based on identified needs. Ensure that Uams are referred for housing, medical examinations and registration.
Appropriate placements for children. Through the national system of placements carried out by EKKA and utilising NGOs accommodation places that are currently in offer. Individual interviews, taking social history, recording specific requests (international protection, housing), and referral to appropriate services, and record housing requests for the protection and placing them in accommodation units.
Legal assistance and individualized support in the framework of the asylum procedure, representation before the authorities (family reunification under Dublin III, relocation etc).

 Αποτελέσματα:

1. Through legal information and counseling identified minors will be presented with options that are suitable for them. State authorities will be notified and follow up will ensure that the registration was successful.

2. Social assistance based on identified needs. Ensure that Uams are referred for housing, medical examinations and registration.

3. Appropriate placements for children. Through the national system of placements carried out by EKKA and utilising NGOs accommodation places that are currently in offer. Individual interviews, taking social history, recording specific requests (international protection, housing), and referral to appropriate services, and record housing requests for the protection and placing them in accommodation units.

4. Legal assistance and individualized support in the framework of the asylum procedure, representation before the authorities (family reunification under Dublin III, relocation etc).

 Προϋπολογισμός:

£26.000

Immediate Refugee Relief

 Timetable: October 2015 – December 2015
 Project manager: Greek Council for Refugees, Greece
 Countries of implementation: Greece
 Support:

With the kind support of the World Jewish Relief 

 Aim:

Overall purpose/aim: To support the most vulnerable amongst refugees to access immediate relief services in Greece

Objective 1: To address the lack of shelters by providing access to short term residence for 3 to 10 days

Objective 2: To address the lack protective and supportive relief services to the most vulnerable refugees (coupons with three month validity, clothes, and sleeping bags)

Objective 3: To enable vulnerable refugees to reach Athens and/or Thessaloniki where further networks and support services are available

 

 Activities:

GCR will provide for immediate relief services in the islands of the Northern Aegean and the Northern land borders of Greece where the larger numbers of persons congregate since these are the main entry and exit points, as well as in Athens and Thessaloniki where large numbers also congregate in transit, while considering the options available to them. The relief services will be distributed, following a needs assessment. Furthermore, referrals will also be made to GCR Offices in Athens and Thessaloniki for the provision of psychosocial and legal support to cases that want to benefit from these in order to enable their access to protective and integration services. GCR will provide access to shelter and cover the transportation needs of the most vulnerable population. To meet other needs, as encountered in the field, vouchers will be used to provide adequate access to food, while raincoats and sleeping bags will be distributed when needed, and medical needs will be addressed either by referrals or by covering expenses for medicine, when a doctors subscription is available.

 Results:

A minimum of 1.500 persons will benefit from the implementation of the project.

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