The project Form a Chain to safeguard Children (FACTSC) focuses on the provision of guidance and training among law enforcement officers as well as other key agencies on how to collaborate with each other effectively so as to safeguard children exposed to different forms of violence, exploitation and abuse. Moreover, within the framework of this project an online guide will be created so as to offer recommendations and guidance on how to form a successful professional (multi-agency) chain for children exposed to different forms of violence, exploitation and abuse. Also the project will offer a blended multi-agency training for operational and managerial staff of law enforcement and other key agencies.

CARDET is a partner of the project “Integration policies: Who benefits? The development and use of indicators in integration debates” (MIPEX 2015) led by the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB), and the Migration Policy Group (MPG). The project aims to inform and engage key policy actors about how to use indicators to improve integration governance and policy effectiveness.

CARDET participated in the kick-off meeting of the European project in “Business Advice and Guidance training for women Entrepreneurs (BADGE)” Sheffield, UK on 19-20 December 2013. BADGE is funded by the Lifelong Learning Program of the European Union.

BADGE aims to transfer and adapt an innovative support programme - Diversity in Business Workshops - developed in the UK, and that will enable female start-ups experiencing double-disadvantage to gain valuable soft skills and competences to assist them starting up their own business.

CARDET with its partners from Italy, UK, Poland and Spain, launched the LLP funded INTO project at a meeting held in Arezzo, Italy on 5 & 6 of December, 2013.

In order to combat educational disadvantages for migrant children as part of an overall European goal, numerous actions have been taken to improve the position of migrant children in education. In secondary education the emphasis lies on diversification of the offered teaching methods and extra guidance of the pupils. Some schools in Europe have set up measures to increase the continuity of the educational support in terms of migrant pupil inclusion and orientation. Despite these measures, dropout rates are still high among migrant youth, and compared to their native peers a disproportionately large number attend the lowest levels of secondary school after completing primary school. The disappointing results of regular guidance are partly the reason for the development of more innovative forms of guidance.

CARDET with its partners from Italy, UK, Austria and Spain, launched the LLP funded MEET project at a meeting held in Arezzo, Italy on November 14-15, 2013.

In Europe, the access to social and health services began to be considered a primary indicator of the level of migrants’ integration. However, there is a persistent difficulty in the access and use of health services by citizens with a migrant background, especially regarding preventive medicine and health care.  These shortfalls pose new challenges for professionals, management and quality assurance in health services. Lower levels of health literacy among migrants are relevant, especially as concerns the appropriate use of health care systems. This increased diversity of EU population calls for a more migrant-sensitive workforce. In this perspective, the project involve partners from different starting-points on health promotion and  different immigration contexts to introduce the Community Health Educator Model (CHE) awarded in 2000 by the British Ministry of Health and adopted by many health districts in the UK.

On November 8, 2013, CARDET participated, as a project partner, at the transnational seminar of the project Improving and Monitoring Protection systems Against Child Trafficking and exploitation (IMPACT), which took place in Rome, Italy.

The main objective of the IMPACT project is to closely examine and strengthen the systems of monitoring and protection against child trafficking and exploitation in the four countries. The partnership aims to identify strategies and elements in law, policy and practice that have the potential to help strengthening child protection and social welfare systems so as to prevent child trafficking and exploitation in a more effective manner.

Το ερευνητικό κέντρο CARDET διοργανώνει από τις 18 Νοεμβρίου 2013 μέχρι τις 22 Νοεμβρίου 2013 θεματική εβδομάδα για την Αειφόρο Ανάπτυξη, σε διάφορα πανεπιστήμια της Κύπρου. Η Εβδομάδα για την Αειφόρο Ανάπτυξη διοργανώνεται στο πλαίσιο του Ευρωπαϊκού έργου «Παγκόσμια Πανεπιστημιούπολη» και θα περιλαμβάνει διάφορες δραστηριότητες, όπως συζητήσεις, εργαστήρια και σεμινάρια.

Επίσης, στο Πανεπιστήμιο Λευκωσίας θα φιλοξενηθεί έκθεση φωτογραφίας από το διεθνή οργανισμό World Vision, με στιγμές από την εργασία του στον τομέα της ανάπτυξης σε διάφορες χώρες. Ταυτόχρονα, φοιτητές θα διανείμουν ενημερωτικό υλικό εντός των πανεπιστημίων, σχετικά με την Αειφόρο Ανάπτυξη και την εκπαίδευση.

Το ερευνητικό κέντρο CARDET διοργανώνει σεμινάριο με θέμα «Αειφόρος Ανάπτυξη: Πολιτική και πράξη, από το τοπικό στο παγκόσμιο», στις 22 Νοεμβρίου 2013, 9:00-11:00, στο Πανεπιστήμιο Λευκωσίας (Αμφιθέατρο UNESCO).

Στο σεμινάριο θα παρουσιαστούν η στρατηγική του Υπουργείου Παιδείας και Πολιτισμού της Κύπρου σε θέματα Αειφόρου Ανάπτυξης και Εκπαίδευσης, η αναπτυξιακή πολιτική της Κυπριακής Δημοκρατίας (Υπουργείο Εξωτερικών) και ο ρόλος των Μη Κυβερνητικών Οργανώσεων (ΜΚΟ) στην προώθηση της Αειφόρου Ανάπτυξης σε τοπικό και παγκόσμιο επίπεδο (Προεδρικός Επίτροπος ΜΚΟ και Εθελοντισμού και οργανισμός World Vision). Το σεμινάριο θα καταλήξει σε μια ανοικτή συζήτηση με θέμα «Νέα Κυπριακή Ατζέντα για την Αειφόρο Ανάπτυξη».

The consulting company INNOVADE LI LTD in collaboration with the international research center CARDET LTD, have been awarded, by the Solidarity Funds Sector of the Republic of Cyprus, with the project "Information guide about Cyprus  in 6 languages" (Action A2, European Integration Fund for  Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), Annual Program 2011).

In the context of the aforementioned project an Information Guide about Cyprus will be developed by the partners to prepare and facilitate the integration of TCNs in Cypriot society and culture. The Guide will include the following topics:

  1. General information about Cyprus
  2. Labor Issues
  3. Basic rights and obligations of TCN
  4. Information on conditions and procedures for legal entry and stay in Cyprus
  5. Information on employment and industrial relations
  6. Information on medical services and social security system
  7. Information on banking matters
  8. Information on opening accounts electricity, water, telephone, etc.

CARDET has been appointed as the Cyprus Coordinator of the European Website on Integration (EWSI), the official portal of the European Commission on issues related to Migration Policies and Integration.

This is a great opportunity for all Cypriot and European stakeholders working in the areas of migration and integration to disseminate and communicate their work through the EWSI.

The European Web Site on Integration (EWSI) is designed to act as an EU-wide platform for networking on integration, through exchange about policies and practices. In particular, the EWSI is:

  • A documentation facility;
  • An online data collection tool for good practices;
  • A platform for the direct exchange of information between stakeholders.