The Children’s House (CH) is a child friendly, safe environment for sexually abused children, bringing together all relevant services under one roof, using a multidisciplinary and interagency approach. The basic principles are the provision of justice in a child-friendly way, and ensuring the protection, safety and well-being of the child following the best interest of the child, the right of the child to be heard and receive information while avoiding undue delay.
The coordination and operation of the Children’s House was assigned to “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center by the Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance, and the Social Welfare Services along with the involved public services are responsible for the monitoring of its operation.
The CH operates with the direct involvement and cooperation of the Cyprus Police, the Social Welfare Services (SWS), the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Education and Culture.
It is established within the framework of the National Strategy and the Action Plan for Combating Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children and Children's Pornography 2016-2019 and it is based on European standards and the Icelandic model Barnahus (Children’s House).
At the CH, during the multi-disciplinary and multiagency handling of the cases, the following services are provided:
The Children’s House is funded by the Social Welfare Services of the Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance.