For every child, a safe and supporting environment
Ensuring equal and equitable access to education for all children is of high importance to both the State of Greece and UNICEF, not only to set a strong foundation for learning for every child and reduce inequalities at a young age, but also to prevent the risk of poverty and exclusion in adulthood while setting the foundations for successful social integration and employability.
Ensuring that every child is protected from violence, abuse and exploitation and from family separation is a shared goal for the State of Greece and UNICEF. To that end, a robust child protection system that addresses inter-connected risks that may confront children and their families is a priority and includes working across stakeholders addressing social welfare, education, health care, law enforcement and humanitarian contexts.
It is equally important to invest in prevention mechanisms to build the resilience of children, families and communities as well as strengthen early detection and mitigation measures, coordinate referrals and case management, and ensure a continuum of care.
UNICEF’s work in Greece is aiming to support a longer-term investment in child care systems reform with a focus on social services delivering support and care to children and families, the relevant workforce adequately trained and deployed, effective gate-keeping mechanisms, creation of statutory structures to implement the reform, financial and human resources reallocated from institutional to community-based care, inclusive education, early detection, and social protection.