ISPCAN/Smile of the Child- The Harm of Child Removal and How to Reduce It


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Focus of this Training:

All around the world, children are taken away from their families and homes as a result of decisions made “in the best interest of the child.” However, children who are separated from their parents and taken out of their environment, whether for a short or long period of time and for whatever reason, are at risk of physical and/or mental health impacts as a result. In this webinar, Professor Vasiliki Artinopoulou of Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens and Stefanos Alevizos of The Smile of the Child, ISPCAN’s Country Partner in Greece, will describe the journey a child takes when removed from the home; current studies on the emotional trauma caused by their removal, the investigation, and the out of home placement; and what professionals can do to lessen this harm.

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Webinar Date:

June 1, 2022




Presented By:

Stefanos Alevizos, M.Ed., PhDc
Stefanos Alevizos, M.Ed., PhDc, has been working as a psychologist at the The Smile of the Child since 2006 and is currently the Coordinator of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Greece. His work focuses on the fields of child abuse and missing children, and he is the main researcher of the Restorative Justice laboratory of Panteion University.
Professor Vasiliki Artinopoulou
Professor Vasiliki Artinopoulou is full Professor in Criminology in the Sociology Department of Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences (Athens, Greece) and former Vice Rector of the University. She is also a member of the Subcommittee on the Prevention of Tortures of the UN (2020-22), and a long-term counselor of the Council of Europe (2020-21). She serves as Director of the EPLO International Institute on Crime and Criminal Justice and was head of the Scientific Committee on the Prevention of Bullying in the Greek Ministry of Education from 2013-2017. Prof. Artinopoulou has carried out research on human rights and violence (women’s and children abuse), victimology, school violence, and restorative justice.