The project aims to improve the well-being of the most vulnerable children in Armenia through strengthening the Child Protection (CP) system and empowering actors at national, regional and community level through cooperation with the Government of Armenia.
World Vision will invest in capacity building and mentorship of the structures on all levels of the existing CP system, including the NCCP (national level), Child Protection Units (regional level), and Guardianship and Trusteeship Committees (community level).
World Vision will support the development of a Child Rights curriculum and its mainstreaming into the official curriculum of the National Judicial School. This project will focus on aligning the capacity of the judicial system with the CP framework by training a cadre of judges and court personnel using the Child Rights Curriculum.
In an effort to strengthen the regional level CP system, World Vision will focus on supporting the Government of Armenia’s Deinstitutionalization Strategy by implementing it at 8 institutions in three additional regions – Syunik, Shirak and Tavush marzes.
On the community level, the project will focus on mobilizing children, families, and local communities around CP and child rights by raising community awareness, connecting families and children to policy makers and service providers, and giving children opportunities to raise and address CP and child rights issues in their communities.
In addition, institutionalized children and children at risk to be institutionalized will be included in the child empowerment initiatives; particularly, they will participate in all child empowerment trainings planned within this project.
Taking into account that public investments in alternative care are limited, World Vision will work on raising public awareness on the issue of domestic adoption through public messaging, informational materials and media. This will be done in close cooperation with the Ministry of Labour and Social Issues.