The first hospital-based child protection unit in Greece
On the initiative of ELIZA, the Child Safety Care Unit ‘Sophie Varvitsioti’ of the 2nd Department of Paediatrics of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (N.K.U.A.) was founded at the “P. & A. Kyriakou” Children’s Hospital in Athens, and inaugurated by the President of the Hellenic Republic, on 5th June 2018.
It constitutes the first hospital-based child protection unit in Greece.
The needs of children at risk of abuse and/or neglect are best addressed by hospital-based protection teams.
Thus, the Child Safety Care Unit’s ultimate goal is to identify infants and children at risk of abuse and neglect, at the youngest possible age, and to safeguard vulnerable families.
Medical evaluation of children with suspected abuse and / or neglect and multidisciplinary patient care
The activities of the Unit involve:
- the medical evaluation and monitoring of infants and children with suspected physical or sexual abuse and/or neglect (CAN)
- the coordination of multidisciplinary patient care involving all hospital and community professionals e.g. physicians, nurses, social workers, mental health care professionals, forensic physicians, police.
- the development of written hospital protocols for the identification and management of child abuse and neglect (CAN)
- the development of primary and secondary prevention health care interventions
- the collection of data to guide evidence-based practice
According to international standards, the Unit has a fully equipped and child-friendly medical examination room, as well as a meeting and working area for all collaborating staff.
The Unit's Donors
The ELIZA Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children would like to sincerely thank the I. Varvitsiotis family, the Lambropoulos Foundation as well as friends and members of ELIZA, who generously contributed to the establishment of the Unit.
We would like to thank the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation for its support towards the Unit’s daily operation.
We believe that the Unit’s operation will save many infants’ and children’s lives, as well as contributing definitively to their physical and mental wellbeing.