News Local Commissioner for Children's Rights records rise in complaints

Commissioner for Children’s Rights records rise in complaints

Commissioner for Children’s Rights Leda Koursoumba said that in 2017 she recorded 531 new complaints for matters under her jurisdiction, a rise of 10.5% compared to 2016.

According to the Commissioner, 35% of the complaints had to do with education, 20% with the family, 11% with welfare benefits and 11% with violence.

She was speaking after she submitted her annual report to President Nicos Anastasiades, who said that the government is taking measures to make the state more responsive to children’s needs and to coordinate policies and actions with the Commissioner’s findings.

“The increase in the number of complaints shows that society’s confidence towards the Commissioner is growing,” Koursoumba said.

She also expressed her satisfaction for the fact that the state acted on some of the suggestions the Commissioner pointed out.

Specifically, Koursoumba said that she sees policies implemented by the state based on their suggestions in especially in matters of education and that she also looks forward to some of the suggestions being translated into legislation.

“We welcome suggestions so we can improve practices which were not as efficient as they should have been,” the President responded.

The report’s findings and suggestions

Among others, the Commissioner noted in her annual report that:

  • There are no institutionalised and child-friendly procedures in schools for submitting complaints when the children feel that their rights are being violated.
  • District Committees for Special Education should start giving detailed, analysed reports to parents after evaluating their children.
  • It is the state’s responsibility to ensure that pupils with special needs have equal access to education.
  • Suggested the creation of a scheme for school escorts for pupils with special needs.
  • The state either with actions or its inaction further victimises children who have conflicting relationships with their parents and their rights are constantly violated.

Top Stories

President says EU should have active part in upcoming Cyprus high-level meeting

President Nicos Anastasiades has told the EU High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell the EU should have...

Tuesday will be breezy with rain and isolated thunderstorms

Tuesday will be breezy with rain, isolated thunderstorms and light snow falling on the top peaks of Troodos mountains. Winds will be westerly to south-westerly,...

162 new cases, five deaths announced on Monday

The Health Ministry announced the death of five persons due to COVID-19. This raises the death toll from the virus in Cyprus to 175,...

Where to get antigen rapid tests on Tuesday

The Health Ministry announced the following antigen rapid test sites for Tuesday, 19 January 2021: LIMASSOL Apostle Loucas Church, Agios Athanasios 08:30-16:30 Agios Stylianos Church, Linopetra 08:30-16:30 Cultural...

Search for woman missing at sea suspended Monday evening due to bad weather

Searches to find a 70 year old woman missing off the Phiikoudes beach in Larnaca have been suspended due to extremely bad weather conditions...

Taste

Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...

Mezedes

No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...