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Study on the Gender Dimension of Trafficking in Human Beings

"The purpose of this study is to contribute to the identification and understanding of what it means to be ‘taking into account the gender perspective, to strengthen the prevention of this crime and protection of the victims thereof’, as required in Article 1 of European Union (EU Directive 2011/36/EU on Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and Protecting its Victims in the context of the EU Strategy (COM(2012) 286 final) Towards the eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings.

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Youth Mental Health: Helping Young People with Anxiety

This course offers an introduction to the issue of anxiety among teenagers and young people. It is aimed at health professionals and teachers without specialist training in this area, and does not require any prior experience or knowledge. The course will help them to identify anxiety disorders experienced by young people, understand ‘stigma’ related to mental health and develop their ability to help a teenager experiencing debilitating anxiety.

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Understanding Depression and Low Mood in Young People

This free course, aimed at parents and professionals, is being offered as a guide to helping identify and deal with depression and low mood amongst teenagers and young people. The course will help them to recognise low mood and depression, understand CBT – an evidence based treatment, discover practical techniques to help support young people and, and access sources of further advice.

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[Romania] Romania faces a rush of migrant boats as smugglers test new routes to Europe

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that "In 2017, Romania’s shores have been the recipient of migrant boats traveling the journey in reverse, as a rarely-used smuggler’s passage is reactivated. On Sept. 13, the Romanian coast guard rescued an overcrowded fishing boat containing 157 migrants from Iraq and Iran, including 56 children, which was battling high winds. It was the fifth such boat to arrive from the Turkish shores in little over a month, bringing the total sea arrivals to Romania in 2017 to just under 500. On Sept.

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[Hungary] There is no help: they don't cry, as if they were spiritually not there

The Hungarian left-wing daily Nepszava published an article about migrant and refugee children in Hungary, who are not cared for properly by the Hungarian state. 

"These children do not cry. Even as a total stranger you can examine them, they don't "mind"you touching them, tending to their wounds, pricking them for blood tests or for vaccination. It is as if they were only there in their body, not in spirit"- says Zsuzsanna Kovacs, pediatrician who has been volunteering to care for migrant and refugee children in Hungary ever since the start of the refugee crisis.

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[International] Humanitarian Standards now available on mobile devices

The Global Alliance for child protection in humanitarian action has developed a "Humanitarian Standards Partnership app" which provides the humanitarian sector's flagship standards and guidance in a single, free-of-charge app. The app is meant for field practitioners who provide humanitarian aid in disaster or conflict situations. As this is an app, it works also offline.

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[International] Join Advocacy Efforts for a Stronger Social Service Workforce Week

This week, from September 25-29, celebrate the 4th annual Social Service Workforce Week by increasing attention and action for strengthening the social service workforce. This year's theme highlights why greater advocacy is needed for a stronger workforce to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, including the goals related to violence, migration and health.

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