KOMF addresses the recommendations and requests for the protection of children

KOMF addresses the recommendations and requests for the protection of children

KOMF as part of the Interministerial Committee for Children’s Rights addressed the recommendations and requests for the protection of children. Key recommendations included:

Reforming social policies for poverty alleviation:

  • Removal of the discriminatory criterion within the Social Assistance Law, where it is determined that the family must have at least one child under the age of 5 to benefit from the social assistance scheme;
  • Drafting the legal basis for child allowances, given that they are currently offered based on a decision;

Ensuring sustainability of social services:

  • Proceeding as soon as possible for the approval of the Draft Law on Local Government Finances, which provides for the creation of a Special Grant for Social Services to guarantee sustainable financing of social services;
  • The adoption of the new Law on Social and Family Services, which foresees a deep reform of social services in order to strengthen existing services and establish new services and programs, especially for children for whom there are no services, such as children involved in heavy work, children victims of drug abuse, etc.;
  • The creation of a stable scheme for the contracting of social and family services from the non-governmental and private sector, in order not to have a disconnection of services for vulnerable children, a disconnection which results in regression especially for children with disabilities, child victims of violence etc.;
  • Evaluation of the treatment of cases of sexual violence against children, including the treatment of perpetrators of criminal offenses related to sexual violence, during the last years, with the aim of identifying problems in the system and seeking accountability;
  • Expanding family health visits for child health, taking into account the latest data on the low breastfeeding trend and the decrease in the immunization rate of children;
  • Increasing quality in education, efficient implementation of laws that regulate inclusiveness and access to education and increased inspection in order to increase accountability;

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