Social Policies for Children
Thousands of children in the country are excluded from Moldovan society and do not receive attention, care, and services from public institutions and decision makers. Roma children, children of migrants, those affected by HIV/AIDS, and those from poor or large families are just some of the categories of children who are socially excluded. Their exclusion is often so profound that not much is known about them. Their life and the problems that confront them are lost among the statistics, or more accurately, the lack of statistics. Not knowing the real situation aggravates their social condition that much more.
UNICEF created a special programme specifically for excluded children, which is called Social Policy. The mission of this programme is to work on behalf of children and mothers in the country so that their interests would be represented at the highest level. UNICEF, alongside its national partners, seeks the surest ways of implementing and monitoring programmes that help socially excluded children. At the same time, UNICEF consolidates the capacity of the Government to create social services for these children as well as to ensure that their rights are respected.
The Social Policy Programme has the following objectives:
· To raise awareness of the rights of children and women as well of the importance of investing in these groups of people at the central and local level;
· To consolidate the national capacity related to the formulation, implementation, and participative monitoring of socio-economic strategies;
· To consolidate the capacity of the Government and of NGOs to monitor and report on the respecting of the rights of the child.
The Programme will work together in its activities with UNDP, the World Bank, and the Administrative Reform Unit to ensure that all subjects related to excluded children are fully included within the scope of the reforms. Meanwhile, Parliament, the Ministry of Finance, and the National Bureau of Statistics will receive technical support to improve budget mechanisms and to increase allocations for these categories of children. Along with the World Bank and the European Commission, UNICEF will help the Ministry of Health to adjust the system of social assistance payments, to make it more effective in helping socially excluded children. A considerable support will be offered to Parliament to establish the position of Ombutsperson for Child Rights as well as the support provided to Government and civil society, in order to report on the rights of the child as provided for in the Convention for the Rights of the Child.
In partnership with other UN agencies such as UNDP and UNFPA, UNICEF's Social Policy Programme will assist authorities to institutionalize the Emergency Action Plan.
Partners of the Social Policy Programme
Partners of the Social Policy Programme include the President of the Republic of Moldova, the Ministry of Social Protection and the Family, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Youth, the Ministry of Health, the National Bureau of Statistics, the Ministry of Local Public Administration, the Moldova State University, the University of Tiraspol, and non-governmental organizations.