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Children Uprooted: The growing crisis for refugee and migrant children - Executive Summary

Around the world, nearly 50 million children have migrated across borders or been forcibly displaced. This report presents – for the first time – comprehensive, global data about these children – where they are born, where they move and some of the dangers they face along the way. The report sheds light on the truly global nature of childhood migration and displacement, highlighting challenges faced by child migrants and refugees in every region.

Child Friendly Cities Catalogue


UNICEF Turkey has implemented a Child Friendly Cities Project together with 10 municipalities with the financial support of IKEA Turkey and the UNICEF Turkish National Committee in order to support the municipalities in their efforts to design child friendly policies and programmes. In order to ensure collaboration and coordination among the relevant partners, the Turkish Ministry of Interior Local Administrations Directorate General (MoI- LADG), Union of Municipalities of Turkey (UMT) and United Cities and Local Governments Middle East and West Asia Section (UCLG-MEWA) and World Academy for Local Government and Democracy took role in the national coordination of the project. Urbanization in Turkey grows so fast with the growing economy, industrialization and migration from rural to urban. In this dynamic process of change, needs of the children are often ignored or their best interests are not prioritized although children of Turkey composes one third of the overall population. For the realization of children’s rights at the local level, municipalities have a great role to play. Municipalities are the best platforms in which problems can be identified and meet with the solutions with the participation of local people. The key is to make the children active agents of this change.


DENGE Juvenile Probation Programme Brochure

The overall objective of the Development of an Effective Risk Evaluation System for Children in Turkish Probation Services Project, shortly referred as DENGE Juvenile Probation Programme which is co-funded by the European Union, the Government of Turkey and UNICEF and implemented by the Ministry of Justice Directorate General for Prisons and Detention Houses Probation Department with technical support of UNICEF is to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the juvenile justice system in Turkey through the development of a more effective, preventive and rehabilitative probation system, and to develop risks and needs assessment tools along with improved supportive services for children which are effective, measurable and complying with EU standards for reintegration of juveniles under probation in Turkey. Final beneficiaries of the project would be the children in contact with the justice system and their families.

Evaluation of Psychosocial Support Programs Implemented After VAN ERCİŞ Earthquake 2015

The 2011 Van-Erciş earthquakes and their catastrophic repercussions activated and mobilized numerous national and international institutions. The Ministry of Family and Social Policies (MoFSP), who holds the main responsibility for psychosocial support, implemented several intervention programs in collaboration with UNICEF in order to enable survivors of the earthquake to return, to a certain degree, to their normal lives. The report aims to objectively appraise the achievements of the psychosocial programs applied as well as the difficulties experienced during the process. In this study, suggested solutions are presented to inform psychosocial programs to be implemented in the future and to prevent the problems that were faced from recurring.

Caring for Child Survivors of Sexual Abuse

The Caring for Child Survivors (CCS) of Sexual Abuse Guidelines were developed to respond to the gap in global guidance for health and psychosocial staff providing care and treatment to child survivors of sexual abuse in humanitarian setting. The CCS Guidelines are based on global research and evidenced-based field practice, and bring a much-needed fresh and practical approach to helping child survivors, and their families, recover and heal from the oftentimes devastating impacts of sexual abuse.

AN AGENDA FOR #EVERYCHILD 2015


World leaders are setting out a roadmap for human progress over the next 15 years. Known as the Sustainable Development Goals, these new global targets will drive investment and action in virtually every country on earth, touching millions of lives. That is why it is vital that every child, girls and boys alike, is included – and that children everywhere are at the heart of the new global agenda.


Juvenile Justice System Training for Candidate Judges, Handbook for Trainers/ 2014

This book provides guidance for the trainers of “Juvenile Justice System Training for Candidate Judges”. The training programme has been developed based on the diversified levelled roles of the judges and the courts. The aim of the training programme is to strengthen the capacity of candidate judges to notice the best interest of the child, and to strengthen their knowledge on juvenile justice specific foreseen rules. (Only available in Turkish).

Juvenile Justice System Training for Candidate Prosecutors, Handbook for Trainers/ 2014

This book provides guidance for the trainers of “Juvenile Justice System Training for Candidate Prosecutors”. The training programme has been developed by focusing on the different roles of prosecutors during prosecution and trial periods. The aim of the training programme is to strengthen the capacity of candidate prosecutors to notice the best interest of the child, and to strengthen their knowledge on juvenile justice specific foreseen rules. (Only available in Turkish).

Juvenile Justice System Training Book for Candidate Judges and Prosecutors/ 2014

This book has been prepared as a guidebook for judges and prosecutors whom will work with children. The book covers the main regulations for children coming in contact with the justice system. Also, the book includes the main principles and approaches on inter-sectorial collaboration and protection of best interest of the child in the juvenile justice system. (Only available in Turkish).

Self-Assessment for Child Care Institutions- Implementer's Guidebook

This guidebook has been prepared for those implementing self-assessment system in Child Care Institutions. It is a significant output of the “Project for Strengthening Internal Control of Child Care Services and Developing Self-Assessment System” conducted in coordination with the Directorate General for Child Services, with technical assistance of UNICEF and the consultancy provided by Internal Inspection Division of the Ministry of Family and Social Policies.  The Training aims to increase effect and efficiency of services through successful implementation of self-assessment system in child care institutions (Only available in Turkish).

Self-Assessment for Child Care Institutions- Trainer Guidebook

This guidebook has been prepared for Self-Assessment Trainers in Child Care Institutions. It is a significant output of the “Project for Strengthening Internal Control of Child Care Services and Developing Self-Assessment System” conducted in coordination with the Directorate General for Child Services, with technical assistance of UNICEF and the consultancy provided by Internal Inspection Division of the Ministry of Family and Social Policies.  The Training aims to increase effect and efficiency of services through successful implementation of self-assessment system in child care institutions (Only available in Turkish).

Self-Assessment Guide on Child Care Services (Child-friendly version)

This Guide is the child-friendly version of Self-Assessment Guide on Child Care Services.  The Guide has been prepared in order to guide the managers and staff during the implementation of self-assessment system in accordance with the legislations and regulations in force. The primary users of the Guide are the Institution Managers and staff that will carry out the implementation. Child-friendly version of the Guidebook supported by UNICEF has been prepared in order to help children better understand and follow-up the system they are in. 

Report on the Role of Social Work in Juvenile Justice

With a special focus on the CEE/CIS region, this guidebook provides a brief insight on the key roles of social work and social workers within the different levels of the juvenile justice system such as detention, trial, probation and diversion.

CONDITIONAL RELEASE SYSTEMS FOR CHILDREN IN FIVE COUNTRIES AND IN TURKEY/ 2014

This report provides an overview of the youth justice practices of five EU member states (Austria, England and Wales, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain) and a comparative assessment of the situation in Turkey with particular focus on the system leading to a child’s release from detention.

INTERVIEW ROOMS FOR CHILDREN/ 2014

Needs, Examples of Best Practices and Standards for Child Friendly Interview



Children heard before Courts as witnesses, offenders or victims are particularly vulnerable. Child-specific procedures and spaces are required for the rights of such children to be respected, and to prevent re-victimisation through repetitive hearings. This report explores, illustrates and makes recommendations for existing physical, technical and procedural standards of Child-Friendly Interview rooms in different countries. 

GUIDEBOOK FOR CHILD FRIENDLY INTERVIEW ROOMS / 2014

This guidebook aims to give a brief introduction about the standards of the child-friendly interview rooms that will be constructed in various courthouses throughout Turkey, and seeks to equip various professionals with basic skills on judicial interview with children. (Only available in Turkish).

JUSTICE FOR CHILDREN BROCHURE / 2014

This brochure was prepared under the scope of EU supported Justice for Children initiative to highlight global juvenile justice principles and standards. 

JUSTICE FOR CHILDREN IN TURKEY, PROJECT NEWS / 2014

This bulletin summarizes activities and achievements of the EU supported “Justice for Children” initiative which has been conducted between 2012 and 2014 with the technical assistance of UNICEF and in the partnership of Ministry Justice, Ministry of Family and Social Policies, High Council of Judges and Prosecutors and the Justice Academy of Turkey.

JUSTICE FOR CHILDREN Project Videos


NATIONAL CHILD LEGISLATION / November 2013

This publication is a comprehensive compilation of fundamental national child-related legislation of Turkey. (Only available in Turkish.)  

INTERNATIONAL CHILD LEGISLATION / November 2013

This publication is a comprehensive compilation of fundamental international juvenile justice related documents. (Only available in Turkish).  

TRAINING BOOK FOR LAWYERS / November 2013

The Juvenile Justice System Professionals Training Programme Course Book for Lawyers focuses on the national and international legislation for juvenile justice systems while referring to relevant jurisprudence and judicial decisions. The book also provides a brief insight on multi-disciplinary aspects of the system such as roles and responsibilities of social workers, inter-sectorial collaboration, communication and working with children and with their families. (Only available in Turkish).

TRAINING BOOK FOR SOCIAL WORKERS / November 2013

The Juvenile Justice System Professionals Training Programme Course Book for Social Workers mainly focuses on the key roles and responsibilities of social workers within the system and provides case examples, templates and tools for implementation. The book also includes fundamental legal information for social workers. (Only available in Turkish).

CASE- BASED TRAINING BOOK / November 2013

This book has been exclusively prepared for facilitators of Juvenile Justice System Professionals Training and provides guidance on the components, methodology and implementation of case-based capacity-building. (Only available in Turkish).

INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON JUSTICE FOR CHILDREN / December 2013

The “International Symposium on Justice for Children” was held between 5-7 December 2012 in Ankara, Turkey, under the leadership of the Justice Academy. It covered three topics: Protection/Prevention, Judiciary procedures/Trial and Execution of decisions and sentences. In this 4 volumes publication, all the papers and the presentations of the symposium are compiled and presented. (Some of the interventions, the opening speeches and plenary sessions’ minutes are available in English). 

COORDINATION STRATEGY DOCUMENT FOR CHILD PROTECTION SERVICES / 2014


The Coordination Strategy Document for Child Protection Services identifies the child protection system model planned to be developed and implemented in Turkey. It presents 10 main strategic goals, including the prevention aspect, and targets to be reached until 2019. (Only available in Turkish). 


COORDINATION STRATEGY DOCUMENT FOR CHILD PROTECTION SERVICES, IMPLEMENTATION PLANS / 2014


The Coordination Strategy Document for Child Protection Services Implementation Plans presents detailed frameworks for the implementation of 10 strategic goals and targets introduced by the main Strategy Document along with the responsible authorities, detailed time frame, budget and indicators of progress. (Only available in Turkish).


COORDINATION STRATEGY DOCUMENT FOR CHILD PROTECTION SERVICES, EXECUTIVE SUMMARY / 2014


The Coordination Strategy Document for Child Protection Services Strategy Document sketches out the child protection system model planned to be developed and implemented in Turkey between 2014 and 2019. It presents 10 main strategic goals and targets to be reached, for which inter-sectorial action plans (available in the full Turkish Strategy Document) have been developed and agreed by the Turkish authorities. 


COORDINATION STRATEGY DOCUMENT FOR CHILD PROTECTION SERVICES, Handbook for Executives / 2014


With an aim to strengthen the collaboration and leadership within the child protection services, this handbook was prepared for relevant executive staff under the scope of the “Coordination Training Programme for Child Protection Services”. The handbook provides a brief introduction to the new child protection model and methods of effective leadership to ensure better multi-agency coordination at the provincial level. (Only available in Turkish).


COORDINATION STRATEGY DOCUMENT FOR CHILD PROTECTION SERVICES, Handbook for Participants / 2014


With an aim to strengthen the multi-agency and multi-professional coordination within the child protection services, this handbook was prepared for relevant field experts under the scope of the “Coordination Training Programme for Child Protection Services”. The handbook provides fundamentals of the new child protection model along with the methods and tools to ensure better multi-agency coordination at the provincial level. (Only available in Turkish).


COORDINATION STRATEGY DOCUMENT FOR CHILD PROTECTION SERVICES, Handbook for Trainers / 2014

Exclusively prepared for the trainers of the “Coordination Training Programme in Child Protection Services”, the manual presents guidance on the components, methodology and implementation of the programme. (Only available in Turkish).

Children of the Recession The impact of the economic crisis on child well-being in rich countries- Innocenti Report Card 12


The data and observations in this Innocenti Report Card reveal a strong and multifaceted relationship between the impact of the Great Recession on national economies and a decline in children’s well-being since 2008. Children are suffering most, and will bear the consequences longest, in countries where the recession has hit hardest.




For each country, the extent and character of the crisis’s impact on children has been shaped by the


depth of the recession, pre-existing economic conditions, the strength of the social safety net and, most importantly, policy responses. Remarkably, amid this unprecedented social crisis, many countries have managed to limit – or even reduce – child poverty. It was by no means inevitable, then, that children would be the most enduring victims of the recession.


Defining and Evaluating Child Well Being Domains and Indicators Through The Eyes of Children in Turkey


This report was prepared as an initiative of UNICEF Turkey Country Office Social Policy Unit under its 2011-2015 Country Programme. It was commissioned with the aim of nurturing the discussions of the Child Well-Being Indicators Working Group composed of representatives from Ministry of Development,


Turkish Statistical Institute and Ministry of Family and Social Policies for developing a National Set of Child Well-Being Indicators.


Core Commitments for Children in Emergencies

This document, UNICEF’s Core Commitments for Children in Emergencies, builds on our experience in recent crises and outlines our initial response in protecting and caring for children and women. It states our core response at all levels of the organization.

Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action


In 2010 the members of the global Child Protection Working Group agreed on the need for child protection standards in humanitarian settings, to tackle what was seen as a critical gap. The Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action have been developed to support child protection work in humanitarian settings.


Protective Environment- Poster 2014


Inter-agency Guiding Principles on UNACCOMPANIED and SEPARATED CHILDREN


In almost all armed conflicts, mass population displacements, natural disasters and other crises, a number of children become separated from their families or from other adults responsible for them. These children form one of the most vulnerable groups in these situations, often deprived of care and protection. Most can be reunited with parents, siblings, members of the extended family or other adults whom they know and who are willing to provide for their care. Action on behalf of unaccompanied and separated children should be guided by principles enshrined in international standards. The validity of these principles has been confirmed by experience and lessons learnt from conflicts and natural disasters in recent years. The objective of the present publication is to outline the guiding principles which form the basis for action in this regard.


MINIMUM STANDARDS DEVELOPED FOR CHILDREN DEPRIVED OF PARENTAL CARE HAND BOOK


This Manual; has been prepared as a summarized document for the purpose of setting implementation guidelines for the ‘28 Minimum Standards’ developed for children deprived of parental care. Please refer to the Minimum Standards included in the Management Information Systems at www.aile.gov.tr for the full text of the Minimum Standards or you may request the complete list of the Standards from your organization.


Self-Assessment Guide for Institutions Working with Children


This Guide has been prepared in order to guide the managers and staff during the implementation of self-assessment system in accordance with the legislations and regulations in force. The primary users of the Guide are the Institution Managers and staff that will carry out the implementation. During the implementation process of self-assessment, the Institutions can use other instruments and methods apart from the ones recommended in this Guide on the condition that they are not against the essential requirements. The implementation of the selfassessment system does not pose an obstacle in practicing and developing other methods in order to achieve the objectives aimed at improving the quality of services in institutions. The Guide will be revised and updated every year in line with the evaluations and the suggestions of the practitioners.


Child Protection- Videos


POLICY PAPER on Improving Conditional Cash Transfers Programme in Turkey, 2014

This report aims to set some recommendations forth to improve the Conditional Cash Transfers Programme in Turkey. In order to do that the report first portrays the basics of conditional cash transfers, then introduces CCT programmes around the world, namely from Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Chile with a view to describe the basics of these programme and their distinctive features amongst the others. In the third chapter, the case of Turkey is presented in detail to provide background information on the Turkish case before getting into the discussion on how to improve the programme in Turkey. The report presents the key findings of the workshop that was organized on 10 September 2013 in Ankara, Turkey to elaborate on the alternatives for the programme in place in Turkey. The report finishes with a set of recommendations for future considerations.

Implementation Handbook for the Convention on the Rights of the Child

The newly revised third edition of the Handbook provides a detailed reference for the implementation of law, policy and practice to promote and protect the rights of children. It brings together under each article an analysis of the Committee on the Right of the Child’s growing interpretation during its first fourteen years and examination of over 300 of its Concluding Observations following consideration of States’ reports. The Handbook also provides a concise description of the role, power and procedures, and developing activities of the Committee and its appendices include a guide to related United Nations bodies and texts of key instruments.

VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN Monitoring and Indicators Literature Review

VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN Monitoring and Indicators Literature Review

Indicators for Monitoring of VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN GUIDEBOOK

Indicators for Monitoring of VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN GUIDEBOOK

TRAINING ON MONITORING VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN WITH INDICATORS Trainer's Manual

TRAINING ON MONITORING VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN WITH INDICATORS Trainer's Manual

TRAINING ON MONITORING VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN WITH INDICATORS Participant's Manual


Child Well-Being Document


Child Well-Being in Early Years and Women's Employement Policy Paper


Strategic Communication Framework and Plan for the Prevention and Control of Avian and Pandemic Influenza in Turkey


United Nations Rules for the Protection of Juveniles Deprived of their Liberty


Guidelines on Justice for Child Victims and Witnesses of Crime - International Bureau for Children's Rights (IBCR)


CHILD-FRIENDLY VERSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GUIDELINES ON JUSTICE IN MATTERS INVOLVING CHILD VICTIMS AND WITNESSES OF CRIME


Convention on Intercountry Adoption - 1993


OPTIONAL PROTOCOL TO THE CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD ON THE INVOLVEMENT OF CHILDREN IN ARMED CONFLICT


CRC General Comment 10 Juvenile Justice


EU REPORT on juvenile delinquency, the role of women, the family and society


Less Fearful, More Active - The Psychosocial School Project for Children Affected by the 1999 Earthquakes in Turkey

Between August and November, 1999, the industrial northwestern Marmara region of Turkey was devastated by two massive earthquakes. Eighteen thousand died, many thousands more were injured and over six hundred thousand were made homeless as a direct result of the two catastrophes. The cost of the damage to the infrastructure has been estimated at $1.5billion. But the true cost of the disasters will never be fully accounted for in any currency: over a quarter of a million children and their families continue to cope, daily, with the traumatic after effects of bereavement, physical injury, near-death experiences, homelessness, dispossession and memories of the profoundly disturbing sights and sounds they witnessed during the earthquakes.

Child Protection Law 4-Year Evaluation Meeting, December 2009/ Meeting Report

Child Protection Law 4-Year Evaluation Meeting, December 2009/ Meeting Report

Research of Effective Parenthood Training on Information/ Approach/ Skill -Turkey


Child Friendly Cities - Brochure

Establishment of the Child Friendly Cities model in the twelve cities of Antalya; Bursa; Erzincan; Gaziantep; Karaman; Kayseri; Kırşehir; Konya; Sivas; Tekirdağ; Trabzon and Uşak will support: • the MONE and UNICEF Haydi Kızlar Okula! initiative to get all girls into primary education; • reintegration of children living on the street with their families; • reduction of child labour with measures to alleviate poverty in low–income families.

Eliminating Violence Against Children - UNICEF / Inter-Parliamentary Union 2007


Violence against children knows no boundaries. Violence cuts across race, class, religion and culture. In every country of the world there are children who continue to fear and experience violence. No country or region

is immune.





Turkey's Children push for their rights - The 8th Children's Forum and the Children's Rights Promotion Campaign

The 8th Children's Forum and the Children's Rights Promotion Campaign

Children First Brochure

Children First Brochure




AN ANALYSIS OF THE UN CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD & THE TURKISH LAW - EXECUTIVE SUMMARY


RESEARCH STUDY ON CHILD ABUSE AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN TURKEY- Summary Report 2010



2010 UNDESA report on the World Economic Situation: Rethinking Poverty.

The Report on the World Social Situation 2010 seeks to contribute to rethinking poverty and its eradication. Following the review of global poverty trends contained in chapter II, chapters III and IV reflect on broader issues of measurement, with a view to widening the understanding of poverty in its various dimensions. Chapters V through VIII critically examine the conventional policy framework and popular poverty reduction programmes in the context of the persistence of poverty, rising inequality and lacklustre growth performance in many developing countries until very recently. Chapter IX argues that a commitment to eradicating poverty and to enhancing equity and social integration requires consistent actions directed towards sustainable economic growth, productive employment creation and social development, entailing an integrated approach to economic and social policies for the benefit of all citizens.

Child Protection Law


COMMITTEE ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD - Children without Parental Care Recommendations 2005


Children First - Quarterly newsletter, Issue 05/07

Towards Good Governance, Justice and Protection for Children in Turkey

Children First - Quarterly newsletter, Issue 04/07

Towards Good Governance, Justice and Protection for Children in Turkey

Children First - Quarterly newsletter, Issue 03/07

Towards Good Governance, Justice and Protection for Children in Turkey

Children First - Quarterly newsletter, Issue 02/06

Towards Good Governance, Justice and Protection for Children in Turkey

Preventing Child Poverty - Children First - 12/13 June 2006

For more information on the conference, visit the following web sites:

Children First - Periodic Report, issue 01/06

Towards Good Governance, Justice and Protection for Children in Turkey

The First Children's Forum Ankara, 2000

We are child delegates drawn from the 81 provinces of Turkey. As is the case in many countries of the world, we are endeavouring to help ensure the promotion, expansion, and exercise of children’s rights in our country. We began our activities one year ago today. First, we formed our children’s commissions in all provinces under the guidance of the Social Services and Child Protection Agency in collaboration with UNICEF and the Ministries of National Education, the Interior, Health, and Labour. In each province, our friends of varying backgrounds became familiar with the Convention on the Rights of the Child and expressed their concerns and wishes on these commissions.

UNICEF Turkey Country Office, Yukarı Dikmen Mah. Alexsander Dubçek Cd. 7/106, 06450 Çankaya/Ankara. Telephone: +90 312 454 1000 Fax: +90 312 496 1461 E-mail: ankara@unicef.org