“The Smile of the Child” received the positive evaluation of the ISPCAN
(International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect) following its application to become a country partner of ISPCAN.
This is because of its longstanding and internationally-recognized record of activities and expertise in the field of child protection and provision of direct assistance and support.
The decision was reached by the members of the Society’s Council, which consists of distinguished scientists, experts and specialized professionals from across the globe in the field of child abuse and maltreatment. The application of the “The Smile of the Child” was evaluated on the basis of a number of criteria, including the extent and quality of its implemented actions, the multidisciplinary approach of its provided services at the levels of prevention, direct intervention and therapy of children victims of abuse or maltreatment, as well as the expertise and scientific know-how of the Organization and its human resources in the field of child protection.
“The Smile of the Child”, fully aligned with the mission of ISPCAN, is the only organization in Greece and one of the few internationally to implement actions and services both in the field and scientific levels 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
At the level of prevention, “The Smile of the Child” regularly implements awareness raising campaigns, health promotion programs and interventions in schools and other facilities where children are supported, counseling support through the European Helpline for Children and Adolescents 116111, training programs for teachers and parents, as well as community dissemination and awareness raising events for the general public.
At the level of intervention, the Organization receives anonymous and named reports at the National Helpline for Children SOS 1056 and forwards them to the competent authorities, the European Helpline for Children and Adolescents 116111, and the European Hotline for Missing Children 116000. At the same time it develops activities for vulnerable groups of children, as well as migrant and refugee children.