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      Multiple Practices of Social Pedagogy: The Case of The Smile of the Child, a Non-Profit Organization Dedicated to Children’s Protection and Well-Being


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          The Smile of the Child is a Greek non-profit, voluntary organization in the field of social pedagogy. It has been an NGO active in the field of child protection and children’s rights since 1996. It began as the dream of 10-year old Andreas Yannopoulos, who, shortly before losing his own battle for life, documented his vision in his journal. The Smile of the Child, empowered by committed employees and the support of hundreds of volunteers, provides services 24 hours a day throughout the year, including programmes for children’s welfare and protection of their physical and psychological health, as well as for the safety of thousands of children in danger in Greece.

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          International Journal of Social Pedagogy
          UCL Press (UK )
          1 January 2015
          : 4
          : 1
          : 227-240
          The Smile of the Child, Greece
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          Correspondence to: Costas Yannopoulos, The Smile Of The Child, 1 Spirou Loui, 15124 Maroussi, Greece. E-mail: info@ 123456hamogelo.gr

          *Costas Yannopoulos completed his post-secondary education at the University of London, where he obtained a degree in Marketing. Upon completing his studies, he returned to Athens and entered the business world. He was the owner of two companies, one in the field of informatics and the other in office technology. His professional life brought him in contact with multinational corporations such as IBM and Hewlett Packard, to name a few. In November 1995, his youngest son Andreas, then age 10, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour. Andreas expressed a wish to create an organization that assisted children in Greece and Cyprus who were in danger and/or who needed assistance. Andreas believed that every child deserved to smile. Unfortunately, in December 1995, Andreas lost his battle with cancer. In January 1996, Costas Yannopoulos registered the nongovernment organization The Smile of the Child. Since then, Costas Yannopoulos has dedicated all his efforts to keeping his son’s dream alive. He currently holds the position of the President of the Board of Directors of the organization.

          Stefanos Alevizos has worked as a psychologist at The Smile of the Child since 2006, and he is the coordinator of the Interactive & Preventive Sessions department, as well as the Children’s Counselling department. He has graduated from the Department of Psychology of the Aristoteleion University of Thessaloniki. He has also attended an educational seminar about Mental Health of Infants and Children. He is very experienced in issues of abuse and school bullying, and he has published several articles in collective publications about child abuse. Moreover, he has participated on several occasions as an invited speaker in conferences and other scientific events in Greece dealing with bullying and child abuse. He has been a member of the Hellenic Forensic Psychiatric Association since 2013.

          Marina Kavallieraki has graduated from the University of Bourgogne and has been working at The Smile of the Child for the last 13 years at the Interactive and Preventive sessions department dealing with e-learning sessions, implementation of innovative technology in learning, production of educational material and organization of workshops and training seminars addressing the needs of the school community.

          Copyright © 2015 The Author(s). [Special issue title, Social Pedagogy in Times of Crisis in Greece]

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