Unicef in action
UNICEF has assisted the PISG in developing laws and policies for children which are in compliance with international standards and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The CRC has now been adopted within the Kosovo Constitutional Framework.
At the highest level, UNICEF has supported the appointment of a Children’s Rights Adviser in the Prime Minister’s Office. The Children’s Rights Advisor is responsible for ensuring that all areas of government policies that affect children are harmonised, mutually reinforcing and serve the best interests of children. To monitor the results of Government in defending and protecting children’s rights, A Children’s Rights team has also been established in the Ombudsperson Office to monitor violations of children’s rights.
UNICEF has also been active at the grassroots level with key Children’s Rights Kosovo NGOs and civil society groups. In particular, UNICEF serves as a technical advisor to the Children’s Rights Forum, a network of Kosovo organisations working for children’s rights.
Advocacy and lobbying by the Forum members has led to the appointment of Municipal Child Rights Co-ordinators in 27 of Kosovo’s 30 municipalities. The coordinators work with municipal authorities and the communities they serve to ensure the survival, protection and development of children at the local level.
UNICEF has supported the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare in the development of a Case Management Data Base to enable effective assistance and social protection for children in need of special protection measures-particularly children deprived of parental care and those at risk of abandonment.
The PISG and a number of international and local agencies have joined forced to combat the alarming levels of human trafficking that blight Kosovo and the wider region. To this end, UNICEF has provided technical and material assistance to the Inter-ministerial Committee on Counter Trafficking-the major Government body responsible for this area. We provide training on interview techniques for children victims of sexual abuse and trafficking for social workers from all municipalities, the Police (Trafficking in Human Beings Section), the Department of Justice (Victim Advocates), IOM and shelter providers as well as Judges and Prosecutors.
In partnership with the International Labour Organisation (ILO), UNICEF is also supporting the Ministry of Education by organising trainings for teacher on identification, monitoring and reintegration of children engaged in the Worst Forms of Child Labour.
ILO and UNICEF supports the development of handbooks and guidelines for training of Labour Inspectors on identification and monitoring of child labour as well as training materials for journalists on investigative journalism on child labour.
UNICEF assists parents in making decisions, and shaping services for Children Living with Disability, through our partnership with a local disability rights organization: Handikos. With training workshops and advocacy, efforts are made to promote social inclusion of children with disability and community based alternatives to large scale residential care.UNICEF is supporting the Department of Justice (DOJ) to establish a Juvenile Justice system which is compliant with international standards and the protection envisaged in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Through technical guidance, training and material assistance, UNICEF is assisting the DoJ to offer alternatives to detention and promote a juvenile crime prevention programmes and social rehabilitation of juveniles in conflict with the law. Probation officers, judges, prosecutors, law enforcement agencies and social workers are being trained in implementation of alternative measures, including community service orders, in the best interest of the child.