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Albania

Albania has seen considerable positive changes in child protection in the last years. However, too many children are still exposed to the risks of migration, trafficking and abuse or in contact and conflict with the law. Our aim is to ensure that they are effectively protected and their rights are respected. To achieve this, we work in close partnership with government institutions and communities.

What we do

Child protection

Albania is struggling with providing quality child protection services and effective local level responses. To better support child victims of abuse and violence, we promote policy and service improvement, and strengthen the child protection system. We offer trainings for professionals and support the efforts of local organisations around child protection issues through grants. Affected children receive access to services, take part in psychosocial activities and get counselling. They can go to afterschool classes where they learn about their rights, while parents attend positive parenting courses. We also advocate for better integration of child protection policies and strategies into the existing legal framework.

Children and youth in migration

During the past decades, Albania has experienced different massive emigration waves. Severe economic hardship or violations of their rights are some of the main reasons why vulnerable people emigrate. To prevent unsafe migration and reintegrate vulnerable families returning to Albania, we help parents set up an income-generating activity, encourage children to attend school or after-school activities, provide psychosocial counselling and support, and empower young people to become agents of change. Our experts work to improve the regulatory framework and the services for children on the move. We strengthen cross-border cooperation in the Balkans to prevent trafficking and to ensure access to protection and reintegration services for the victims.

Access to justice

Cases of children in conflict with the law in Albania are mainly caused by difficult socio-economic conditions, lack of education opportunities, and social exclusion. To counter this phenomenon, we are building youth resilience through an innovative approach at community level. We strengthen the child protection system for children in conflict with the law by supporting the authorities to develop or amend and implement legal provisions, policy papers and working protocols. We work to prevent the reoffending of children in conflict with the law by developing, implementing and strengthening reintegration programmes and by promoting the necessary knowledge and skills for successful rehabilitation of young people in detention facilities.

Humanitarian crises

During the last quarter of 2019, all attention and efforts shifted towards emergency issues, as the 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit central Albania and heavily affected the most populated areas. Tdh mobilised to respond to the immediate needs of the affected population. We established the appropriate coordination and communication channels with local and national level government institutions and the international community to provide support both in terms of emergency response and emergency management. To build children’s resilience and restore a sense of normality and continuity in their lives, we provided psychosocial, life skills and educational support and created safe, protective and nurturing environments.

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