The Non Governmental Organization (NGO) "For Adolescent Health" (FAH) has been founded and activated, having as a vision the promotion of adolescent health in Greece, also Europe and internationally. The activities of FAH have been focusing on all clinical, educational and research levels. There is also a significant aspect on charity actions regarding youth in need.
During the past three years FAH supports the work of the Adolescent Health Unit (A.H.U.) of the Athens University and has been also collaborating with other local NGOs, European and International Organizations.
FAH is the Greek receives funding from donations and sponsors, and takes part in European projects mainly focusing on Human Rights, youth empowerment and life coaching, anti bullying and positive use of technology. FAH has been the Greek partner of ENABLE and recently has joined the European NGO Alliance for Child Safety Online –ENACSO.
Significant initiatives of FAH in Greece are:
- Support of “Double T”, a multidisciplinary setting addressing youth having online high risk behavior issues (addictive behavior, cyberbullying, personal data management problems, inappropriate content, grooming, gambling etc)
- Everyday, no charge, support telephone line “ΜΕ Υποστηρίζω” 80011 80015, (meaning “I support myself”) receiving calls from youth, teachers, parents and experts who are guided from trained personnel, regarding safe technology use. This line receives over 3000 calls per year and is affiliated to the clinical setting, if face to face help is considered. The support line can also offer help all over Greece, through a well trained network (ARIADNE) of professionals through out the country.
- Development of “train the trainer” modules for educating teachers, educators and other professionals such as “YOUTH TECH”.
- Development of tools for children, such as “Alkis and Claire”, two introduced characters living experiences that help children gain knowledge and online literacy skills.
- FAH is also the local partner of “Be Strong online”, a VODAFONE initiative for “peer to peer” education through activities, situation scenarios, etc
- School visits and relevant educational student material brochures, approved by the ministries of Health and Education, easy to read, youth friendly, addressing online safety and bullying.
- Support of the AHU program “Schoolers”, for youth that express school denial and internet addictive behaviours
- FAH host at least five scientific events per year on technology use, bullying behaviors and youth health
- FAH supports research, in collaboration with AHU’s scientific personnel on topics of interest mentioned above
- “ORIGAMI CRANE” scholarship for two young students per year, offering participation to the Human Right Council of the UN or to relevant meetings
FAH CHILD PROTECTION POLICY (CPP) RULES
CPP relies on the 1989 Convention for Children’s Rights.
More specifically :
- No discrimination regarding sex, nationality, sexual orientation, socio economical status, disabilities
- Services are highly individualized and child centered (any decision or action taken by parents, teachers or health professionals aim to the benefit of the child)
- All efforts aim to provide a functional family environment to children, so that they can grow as healthy as possible
- Children are free to express themselves in various ways and choose friends and groups to socialize
- Children have the right to have privacy and keep personal data
- Children are entitled to be informed and agree or disagree with any decision taken for them. This applies also regarding health issues and applied therapy protocols.
- All children should be protected from any form of abuse (physical, sexual, verbal, cyber, neglect etc)
- Children facing challenges (orphans, refugees, very poor, disabled) have the right to special care and services
- All children are entitled to leisure and free time
- All children have the right to be educated
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