The Smile of the Child
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Mr Constantinos Giannopoulos
President, Board of Directors
Ms Piji Protopsaltis
International Cooperation Coordinator
ΤΟ ΧΑΜΟΓΕΛΟ ΤΟΥ ΠΑΙΔΙΟΥ (The Smile of the Child) is a Greek registered NGO that has been active in the field of child protection and children’s rights since 1996. The main goal of “The Smile of the Child” is protection of children in a variety of situations in which their wellbeing and/or their rights might be affected.
In order to achieve this goal, the organization implements wide range of programs and activities for the welfare and protection of physical and psychological health, as well as for the safety of thousands of children in need in Greece, on a 24/7 basis, 365 days a year.
The summary of the activities of “The Smile of the Child” involves:
o Operation of 11 community homes in Greece where children are referred upon the order of the public prosecutor for minors
o Operation of 3 day care centers for children in need of psychological and/or social support
o Operation of the National Helpline for Children “SOS 1056”
o Operation of the 116000 – European hotline for missing children
o Coordination of a child alert system AMBER ALERT HELLAS (with the cooperation of 54 public and private institutions).
o Emergency intervention in cases of children in danger by operating the National Centre for Immediate Social Intervention.
o Operating National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children.
o Development of the South-eastern European Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (SEEC)
o Mobile Medical Units & State-of-the-art ambulances in the emergency service’s (EKAV) disposal nationwide, for the safe transport of children and newborns.
o Preventive Medicine and Dentistry at schools and isolated areas nationwide, carried out by the organization’s mobile medical units
o Information, prevention, and awareness programmes for children, parents, and teachers in schools across the country, as well as in a mobile unit ODYSSEUS
o Support in necessary goods children and families with welfare problems
o Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union
o EU Agenda for the Rights of the Child, 2011
o Investing in children: breaking the cycle of disadvantage, 2013
o Directive 2011/36/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 April 2011 on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims
o Directive 2011/93/EU on combating the sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children and child pornography
o EU Strategy towards eradication of trafficking in human beings 2012-2016
Southeastern European Forum on missing children and child trafficking (May 2014)
“The Smile of the Child” and the Southeastern European Center for Missing and Exploited Children (SEEC) organized a Forum on missing children and child trafficking under the auspices of the Hellenic Presidency of the Council of the European Union, with the support of the US-based International Centre for Missing and Exploited children (ICMEC) and the US Embassy in Greece.
1st Conference of the European Anti-bullying Network on Bullying and Cyber-bullying (June 2014)
The 1st Conference of the European Anti-bullying Network was hosted by "The Smile of the Child" under the auspices of the Hellenic Presidency of the Council of the European Union and in the framework of the European Anti-bullying Network project that was coordinated by "The Smile of the Child" and was implemented under the funding of the Daphne III Programme of the European Commission.
The conference allowed academia, civil society organizations and national and international governmental organizations to discuss on the serious problem of bullying, exchange good practices in the area and present interesting data and studies on the issue.
“European Anti-bullying Network” (September 2013-June 2014)
In the Framework of the EU-funded project “European Anti-bullying Network” http://www.antibullying.eu/ 17 organisations from 12 EU Member States and “The Smile of the Child” as coordinator campaigned across Europe for the establishment of a European Anti-bullying Day.
The main goals of the campaign was to raise awareness among the general public, promote the need for targeted action and pan-European anti-bullying action and bring together all relevant actors against this serious problem.
The core idea of this campaign stems from the need for a distinct day against bullying in Europe institutionalized by the European Commission and included an online petition for the promotion of this cause.
Victor – Victims of Child Trafficking – Our Responsibility (November 2014 – March 2015)
“The Smile of the Child” in cooperation with partnering organizations of the Victor EU-funded project http://www.victorproject.eu/ campaigned towards raising awareness on the phenomenon of child trafficking and improving the level of prevention.
The Victor’s campaign was mainly focused on countries of origin and destination with the aim to reach out (potential) victims of trafficking as well as potential “clients” of goods and/or services provided by victims of trafficking.
The campaign included among other activities the organization of raising-awareness events and interventions in the countries participating to the project and the engagement of public and local communities. The campaign was also promoted via Information Desks on child trafficking established in Greece, Bulgaria, Slovenia and Romania.
International Missing Children’s Day (25 May 2014)
The “When every minute counts” conference was held in Athens, Greece on 2 June 2014 in support of International Missing Children’s day (25th May). It has been organised by Missing Children Europe, the European federation for missing and exploited children and “The Smile of the Child” with the support of the Hellenic Presidency of the Council of the EU.
World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse & Children’s Universal Day (20 November)
On the occasion of the International Day against Abuse, “The Smile of the Child” in cooperation with 130 organisations from across the world run an awareness raising campaign on child abuse.
As part of 19 Days of Activism for prevention of abuse and violence against children and youth of Women’s World Summit Foundation (WWSF), The Smile of the Child held a press conference and presented national as well as international data on the extent of the problem.
As Project Coordinators:
Europe Antibulling Network Project, funded by DAPHNE Programme (DG Justice)
VICTOR Project (Victims of Child Trafficking-Our Responsibility), funded by ISEC Programme (DG Home)
INTERSYC project- Integrated Territorial Synergies for Children Health and Protection, funded by European Territorial Cooperation Programme Greece - Bulgaria 2007 / 2013
As Project partners:
NET FOR U (Needs Tackling and Networks Tracing for Unaccompanied Minors Integration)
“The Smile of the Child” participates in the project “NET FOR U- Needs Tackling and Networks Tracing for Unaccompanied Minors Integration” implemented with resources of the European Fund for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals under the D.G. Home Affairs of the European Commission.
Catch & Sustain
“The Smile of the Child” participates in the project “European Cross – Actors Exchange Platform for Trafficked Children on methodology Building for Prevention and Sustainable Inclusion” - CATCH & SUSTAIN, implemented with the funds of the D.G Home Affairs of the European Commission in the frameworks of the programme “Prevention of and Fight against Crime” (ISEC).
Customer Relationship Management and Data Collection Software”
“The Smile of the Child” participates in the project “A Customer Relationship Management and Data Collection Software” that was initiated in 2012, funded by the Programme Daphne III and coordinated by the European Federation for Missing and Sexually Exploited Children (MCE).
The Smile of the Child has 430 full-time staff member plus 1.951 active volunteers.
As far the activities of the organization related to the Transparency Register are concerned, the involved staff members workinf full time will be 4.
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Member of the Board of Directors of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC)
Member of CHI (Child Helpline International)
Member of the Global Missing Children’s Network (GMCN)
Member of Missing Children Europe (MCE)
Member of Eurochild
Member of European Emergency Number Association (EENA)
Member of European Federation of Street Children (EFSC)
Member of EU Platform Against THB
“Special Consultative Status” with the UN Economic and Social Council
Associated with the UN’s Department of Public Information
Founding member of European Antibullying Network
Member of European Emergency Number Association
01/2013 - 12/2013
2014 financial statements were externally audited by Ernst & Young
Public financing refers to any non private funding.
By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.