Child Protection System Reform in the Hellenic Republic - Call to Action

This paper calls on the Hellenic Government to take action in embarking on a nation-wide reform of the child protection and care system, aiming to eradicate child institutionalisation and to prevent the unnecessary separation of children from their families

This paper was developed by Hope and Homes for Children (HHC) and Roots Research Centre in collaboration with Eurochild. HHC and Eurochild jointly coordinate the Opening Doors campaign on ending institutional care, strengthening families, currently active in 11 countries including Greece where Roots is the national coordinator.

This call to action comprises three main elements:

1. Elimination of old-type institutions for children and transition towards a system based on family-based alternatives (e.g. foster care) and family-like residential care;
2. Increased, effectiveness and efficiency of prevention services to avoid institutionalisation, including through national legislation and policy reform;
3. Provision of support to young people leaving the child protection system, according to individual needs, including through social housing and employment.

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