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HFC HOPE FOR CHILDREN CRC POLICY CENTER

("HOPE FOR CHILDREN" CRC POLICY CENTER)

description of organisation

“Hope For Children” UNCRC Policy Center (HFC) is an international institution and its headquarters are based in Nicosia, Cyprus. HFC is an active organisation aiming to protect and promote youth and children`s rights in the society. The organisation founded in the principles enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), espouses all related initiatives, policies and legislation undertaken at EU level which aim the protection and promotion of children's rights. Particularly, HFC follows the ‘EU Guidelines on the Rights of the Child', and takes a step towards developing measures that combat any form of violence against children, throughout its activities and especially through the implementation of the Council of Europe's ONE in FIVE Campaign to stop sexual violence against children in Cyprus. This is mainstreamed through national, European and international efforts, ensuring that children, despite diverse characteristics, receive an adequate level of social and legal protection.Moreover, HFC follows and applies in its work the principles formulated in the EU Agenda for the Rights of the Child in engaging constantly a diverse and growing number of stakeholders (social partners, institutional actors, civil society and policy makers); urging for the development of child-friendly justice in Cyprus and the establishment of a juvenile justice system; promoting participatory approaches for children and youth. HFC initiated diverse public information campaigns and awareness-raising activities for the general public regarding bullying or sexual abuse against children.Additionally, HFC contributes significantly in the area of children on the move, following EU laws on asylum, family reunification through Dublin procedures etc., with the direct provision of rehabilitation, integration and durable solutions services to migrant children; primarily through the operation of a children's shelter for unaccompanied minors, 'Home for Hope'. Such activities are complemented by research and policy-making in this field together with solid collaboration with national authorities in the social welfare and migration and asylum sectors. In general, HFC aims to provide guidance and support for the development of more effective and comprehensive child protection systems across the EU.