Background and objectives of the CYAR programme  

«The Children and Youth At Risk in the Barents region» (CYAR 2008 - 2015) is a co-operation programme adopted and owned by the Joint Working Group on Health and related Social Issues (JWGHS) of the Council of the Barents/Euroarctic region and therefore endorsed by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Finland, Sweden, and Norway.

The JWGHS consists of representatives of the national and regional health authorities of the Barents countries and works closely with organizations such as the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). The Indigenous People’s Working Group is represented by a member. The EU Commission, the WHO, the Nordic Council of Ministers and the NDPHS take part in the work as needed.
JWGHS develops a Co-operation Programme on Health and Related Social Issues in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region for a period of four years. The present programme includes the sub-programme “Children and Youth At Risk” (CYAR) for the same period.

Objectives of the CYAR Programme

Protection of children through:
-    Strengthening of parental resources
-    The development of integrated services to foster families
-    Prevention and treatment of behavioural problems and training of social skills for children and adolescents
-    Monitoring of the rights of the child

The programme has been developed as a result of growing concern regarding marginalized youth and children in the region. The CYAR programme is coordinated by a Steering committee (SC) composed by all Barents partners.

The CYAR programme emphasizes that all efforts should aim to strengthen the public services and their ability to adequately assist and support children and youth on the individual level. The programme aims to improve life conditions for the youth and children at risk through cooperative actions in general (creating frameworks for exchange of information) and project activities in particular (building partnerships between public institutions at all levels and non-governmental organizations in the Barents region with responsibility for the well-being of youth and children).

In the work of the CYAR programme, family is the key word. All efforts should promote the sustainment, strengthening, recreation, or – as a last resort – substitution of the family.

This web-page briefly presents the programme «Children and Youth At Risk» and its activities, the methods implemented within CYAR and contact information for the Steering Committee, the Secretariat and regional respresentatives. You will also find the coordinators and useful links for each programme or method.

The Steering Committee invites organizations who would like to learn more about the programmes and participate in the dissemination activities to contact their regional representative in the committee for further information.