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ELFO - active citizenship, guardians, legal representatives and foster care families for children deprived of parental care

On December 1st 2016 the project ELFO "Empowering guardians, Legal representatives and FOster families of children deprived of parental care against violence through child rights" has started. 

The reinforcement of parental care of those actors of civil society who undertake parental functions, like for example guardians foster parents and legal representatives, and who act independently and for the best interest of the child could constitute a key element to prevent violence and abuse of children deprived of parental care. Nevertheless, as reported by FRA Agency of European Union, often these subjects do not receive an appropriate, specialized and constant training in most of the European countries. 

The project’s general objective is to improve the level and quality of protection of child victims or potential victims of violence by empowering guardians, legal representatives and foster parents of children deprived of parental care within an integrated child protection framework.

In order to achieve this general objective, ELFO will pursue three specific objectives through the related activities:

  • To improve the competences of guardians, legal representatives and foster parents to defend and promote the rights of child victims or potential victims of violence through a capacity-building and training process. After a first period of analysis of the national contexts and mapping of the training groups, a training module will be elaborated and the training cycles will be delivered in each country.  

 

  • To support and integrate these functions within the referral system with a view to enhancing the efficiency of the child protection system of reference. Multilateral cooperation meetings with key actors as well as follow up meetings with the trainees are foreseen in each country during the whole duration of the project. An information and support tool will be produced in order to be disseminated among participants to the project.

 

  • To uphold, foster and expand quality family foster care and community based responses to violence against children as key components of child protection systems. After the definition of an information and awareness-raising strategy, some promotional activities will be carried out i.e. organization of info-days in each country, dissemination of the project’s developments through media and social network, creation of a promotional video, dissemination of the project results during a final event in Italy. 

 

Beneficiaries

- Ultimate beneficiaries: Children deprived of parental care victims or potential victims of violence in contact with at least one of the three functions addressed by the project 

- At least 300 active guardians, legal representatives and foster parents of children deprived of parental care.

- Institutional actors, professionals and public officials working in existing child protection systems.

- Specialized child victim support services.

- Potential guardians, legal representatives and foster parents from civil society

Outputs to be produced:

- 5 brief national assessments

- 12 training cycles involving 300 participants

- 10 targeted multilateral meetings with key actors

- 30 follow-up training sessions

- 3000 copies of information and assessment tool in 6 languages

- 15 national presentations

- EU online information campaign

- Awareness raising video

- Final EU event and evaluation meeting

- Follow-up strategic document

 

Project Duration: 24 months 

 

Partnership: 

- Defence for Children International Italy (coordinator)

- ARSIS (Greece)

- CESIS (Portugal)

- DCI Spain (Spain)

- Pulse Foundation (Bulgaria) 

2013 | ® Defence for Children International Italia

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