Workshops for Ankara Action Plan on Children Working in Streets

WORKSHOPS FOR ANKARA ACTION PLAN_1The “Workshops for Ankara Provincial Action Plan on Children Working in Streets” organized jointly by ILO Office in Turkey and Ankara Provincial Directorate of Family and Social Policies (ASPİM) in consultation with Hacettepe University Child Right Research and Application Centre took place first on 22-23 February at Plaza Hotel and then in ILO premises on 4 March 2016.

In the first round of workshops held on 22-23 February, opening speeches were delivered by Ahmet Okur, Director General of Child Services from the Ministry of Family and Social Policies, Selim Çelenk, Ankara Provincial Director of Family and Social Policies and Nejat Kocabay, Programme Manager of ILO Office in Turkey.

Participants of the workshops included representatives from the following organizations: General Directorate of Child Services of the Ministry of Family and Social Policies, Ankara Provincial Directorate of Family and Social Policies, ILO-Turkey, Hacettepe University Social Services Department Child Right Research and Application Centre; Provincial Directorates of İŞKUR, AFAD, Migration Management, Social Security Agency, National Education and Health; Turkish Red Crescent; Ankara Security Directorate; Social Service Centres; Municipal Police Department; Municipalities of Altındağ, Çankaya and Keçiören; UNICEF, GÜÇ-KO-BİR and Refugee Support and Solidarity Association (SGDD-ASAM).

The workshops commenced with the presentation of the “Situation Analysis on Syrian Children Working in Streets” conducted jointly by ILO Turkey Office, Hacettepe University Child Right Research and Application Centre and Ankara Provincial Directorate of Family and Social Policies. The fieldwork presentation portrayed the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of children working in streets and their families, reasons that drive children to work on the streets, their working conditions and detected the problems that arise from this kind of work along with some recommendations. Following the presentation, participants were divided into two groups to exchange their past experiences and present activities related to children working on the streets, to perform a SWOT analysis and to identify future actions. Results of the analyses and proposals of the workshop, which also include the Syrian children, were presented to all participants.

2-day workshop is followed by a final workshop held at ILO premises in Ankara on March 4, with the purpose of finalizing the Ankara Provincial Action Plan. During the final workshop, the representatives of organizations and agencies, that carry out work related to children working on the streets and their families, studied the analyses and recommendations made earlier and focused on social policies and solutions, and developed an Action Plan for Ankara Province for the purpose of developing mechanisms to end child labour, with due regard to Syrian children in Ankara. The draft action plan will be finalized by Ankara Provincial Directorate of Family and Social Policies Ankara and shared with relevant organizations and agencies.