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Unite for children

1 December 2011

In order to detect and prevent violence against children, a three-year EU-funded project, “Unite for Children, Save Futures”, was launched in 2009. The project develops activities in special schools, orphanages, care centres, public schools, kindergartens and clinics selected from across Armenia.
Within the framework of the project, 26 professional teams have been established in Armenia. They hold classes and undertake awareness-raising and training programmes. “After being trained, the teams carry out training programmes related to violence and parenting, because, as a result of research, it became clear that the majority of violent cases occur due to lack or unawareness of alternatives”, commented Anna Harutyunan, the project manager. The teams consist of not only experts and parents, but also children. 15-year-old Kristine Harutyunyan is a member of the Nor Nork child protection team. On 9 October in school #164 she introduced children and teachers to different types of violence and preventative mechanisms.
The project manager highlighted the importance of talking about violence, but simultaneously urged caution when writing about particular cases, as it can be easy to cause secondary trauma to a child and his/her family.
The project is implemented by “Save the Children” Armenia country office and is co-financed by the EU and the “Open Society Foundation Armenia”. The budget amounts to €793,000. The main components of the programme are developing training skills and abilities of professionals, parents and children through a range of events, media and training courses, as well as the organisation of referral processes, which facilitates work on referral cases, and improving legal frameworks. As a result of the latter, a draft law has been designed and will soon be presented to the National Assembly.

Unite for children

In order to detect and prevent violence against children, a three-year EU-funded project, “Unite for Children, Save Futures”, was launched in 2009. The project develops activities in special schools, orphanages, care centres, public schools, kindergartens and clinics selected from across Armenia. Within the framework of the project, 26 professional teams have been established in Armenia. They hold classes and undertake awareness-raising and training programmes. “After being trained, the teams carry out training programmes related to violence and parenting, because, as a result of research, it became clear that the majority of violent cases occur due to lack or unawareness of alternatives”, commented Anna Harutyunan, the project manager. The teams consist of not only experts and parents, but also children. 15-year-old Kristine Harutyunyan is a member of the Nor Nork child protection team. On 9 October in school #164 she introduced children and teachers to different types of violence and preventative mechanisms. The project manager highlighted the importance of talking about violence, but simultaneously urged caution when writing about particular cases, as it can be easy to cause secondary trauma to a child and his/her family. The project is implemented by “Save the Children” Armenia country office and is co-financed by the EU and the “Open Society Foundation Armenia”. The budget amounts to €793,000. The main components of the programme are developing training skills and abilities of professionals, parents and children through a range of events, media and training courses, as well as the organisation of referral processes, which facilitates work on referral cases, and improving legal frameworks. As a result of the latter, a draft law has been designed and will soon be presented to the National Assembly.