Åsa Wikström, Country Manager Belarus, Moldova, Russia

Preventing abuse of children in institutional care

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I arrive in Yekaterinburg in the middle of the night. It is the fourth largest city in Russia, located on the border of Europe and Asia in the Urals. I am here to meet with the two organizations Childhood currently supports: Family to Children and Aistenok. The aim of Family to Children’s project Child abuse: recognition and response is to prevent abuse of children in institutional care. Children living in institutions are among the most vulnerable to abuse, neglect and exploitation.

We visit one of Yekaterinburg’s children’s homes. About 50 children live here at the moment, most of them are teenagers. The children’s home has been selected as a pilot project site and Family to Children will work closely with the staff and the children. A group of staff from the children’s home will, together with Family to Children, develop recommendations on how to detect and prevent child abuse. Once a week Family to Children will meet with a group of children to talk, play and make a video together. The aim is to raise the self-esteem of the children and make them aware of their rights.

Åsa

Photo: Family to Children