Εκπαιδεύσεις για τον εντοπισμό και τη διαχείριση περιπτώσεων εμπορίας παιδιών και την προστασία ασυνόδευτων ανηλίκων - Trainings on child trafficking issues

In the context of the project "Southeast Safe Net: Preventing child trafficking and protecting unaccompanied minors in Greek – Turkish Borders" - SESN (HOME/2012/ISEC/AG/4000004394) which was co-funded by the Internal Security Fund of the European Union and coordinated by the Department of Mental Health and Social Welfare of the Insitute of Child Health training acticities have taken place in Greece and Turkey focusing on the intial stage of identification of minor victims of trafficking.

1. With regard to the training of first-line professionals on issues concerning unaccompanied minors and victims of trafficking - in Greece:

A 3-day or 2-day training workshop addressed to first-line professionals (law enforcement units, First Reception Service/ Centres/ Mobile Units, Asylum Service personnel, medical and paramedical professionals, social and health professionals working for NGOs or at public institutions) took place as follows:

  • Samos on 24-26.02.2015/ 15 participants;
  • Lesvos on 2-4.03.2015/ 37 participants;
  • Chios on 12-14.03.2015/ 39 participants;
  • Athens – First Reception Service on 22-24.06.2015/ 8 participants;
  • Fylakio Orestiada on 8-9.10.2015/ 38 participants;
  • Alexandroupolis on 9-10.10.2015/ 52 participants;
  • Athens on 18-20.11.2015/ 44 participants.

Moreover, a one-day training workshop has taken place at the Athens International Airport Venizelos on 21.03.2016/ 22 participants.

Total number of participants in the trainings in Greece: 255

Agencies/authorities that participants worked for:

  • Police: 99 participants;
  • First Reception Service: 35 participants;
  • Coastguard: 40 participants;
  • Social and health services: 34 participants;
  • Asylum service: 6 participants;
  • NGOs: 22 participants;
  • Ministry of Justice and judicial authorities: 11 participants;
  • Security staff of Athens International Airport: 8 participants

 

Modules of the training:

  • Overview of international, European and national law concerning unaccompanied minors, victims of trafficking and children’s rights;
  • Definition of trafficking and child trafficking according to Article 3 of the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (Palermo Protocol);
  • Phases of the trafficking process (recruitment strategies, ways of transfer, forms of exploitation);
  • Distinction between smuggling and trafficking;
  • Geography of THB, facts and myths about human trafficking;
  • Indicators for traffickers;
  • Indicators for victims, per type of trafficking and for child victims particularly;
  • Presentation of case studies;
  • Intercultural challenges when managing trafficked children and unaccompanied minors;
  • familiarization with developmental psychology issues, in order to meet the needs of each age group in ways appropriate to the age and characteristics of the child concerned;
  • Impact of trafficking on children’s physical health;
  • Impact of trafficking on children’s psychological wellbeing – trauma and its manifestations in infancy, childhood and adolescence;
  • Interviewing potential victims of THB;
  • Communication skills and techniques needed when interviewing a minor;
  • Presentation and training through case studies and role playing in the use of the SESN Tool for the identification of minors who may have been trafficked.

 

2. With regard to the training of first-line professionals on issues concerning unaccompanied minors and victims of trafficking in Turkey:

A one-day training workshop addressed to first-line professionals took place as presented below:

  • Izmir on 12.04.2016/ 10 participants
  • Ayvalik on 03.05.2016/ 10 participants
  • Kusadasi on 10.05.2016/ 8 participants
  • Cesme on 22.05.2016/ 12 participants
  • Bodrum on 26.05.2016/ 12 participants
  • Edirne on 28.05.2016/ 12 participants

Total number of trainees: 64

Agencies, for which the particpants work for:

  • Police
  • Coastguard
  • 112 Emergency Medical Services
  • Family and Social Policy Directory
  • Public Health Deputy Directory

 

Modules of the training:

  • Legal framework concerning unaccompanied minors and victims of trafficking
  • Definition of trafficking and child trafficking according to Article 3 of the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (Palermo Protocol)
  • Presentation and training - through case studies and role playing - in the use of the SESN Tool (tool for the identification of minors who may have been trafficked)
  • Impact of trafficking on children’s psychological wellbeing – trauma and its manifestations in infancy, childhood and adolescence
  • Indicators for minor victims of THB, per type of trafficking
  • Communication skills and techniques needed when interviewing a minor