Pancyprian Coordinating Committee for the Protection and Welfare of Children

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Pancyprian Coordinating Committee for the Protection and Welfare of Children
Abbreviation PCCPWC
Formation 1994
Type Committee
Purpose/focus Promotion of children rights.
Headquarters Nicosia
Location Cyprus
Region served Island wide
Official languages Greek
President Ninetta Kazantzi
Skevi Koukouma

The Pancyprian Coordinating Committee for the Protection and Welfare of Children (PCCPWC) served as supporter of Cyberethics, and as partner for Cyberethics GIII. In 2009, the PCCPWC collaborated with the Cyprus Neuroscience and Technology Institute in the organization of the first Safer Internet Helpline Training, that led to the launching of the Helpline. Lawrence Kalogreades was hired as the first Cyprus Safer Internet Helpline coordinator. Between 2010-2012, Iliada Spyrou took over as the next coordinator.

PCCPWC was formed in 1994, by the District Committees working on children’s issues since 1979, with the aim to coordinate all district and national activities. Today, the PCCPWC developed into the national body working towards the full implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and advocating for children, both within Cyprus and abroad.

In pursuing its aims, the PCCPWC:

  • Established the Annual Pancyprian Conference on the Protection and Welfare of Children.
  • Established, regulated and funds the Cyprus Children’s Parliament, comprising 56 elected children. Safer Internet was added on their agenda.
  • Issued Position Papers on different serious issues concerning child protection and welfare.
  • Has become an active member of Eurochildaisbl, of the International Forum for Child Welfare and of the European Anti-Poverty Network.
  • Participated in different EU and national programs investigating and tackling serious children’s issues and problems. Worked hard towards the appointment of an Ombudsperson for Children in Cyprus, a vital step towards the full implementation of the Convention.
  • Established and runs educational and training programs on the Convention and on ways of implementation in every-day life.

The PCCPWC members are the District Committees comprising many NGO’s specialized in working for or with children, and other relevant organizations and professional associations. Government bodies and local government participate on a consultative status.

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