The first child protection database successfully launched in Montenegro
PODGORICA, MARCH 22, 2013 – The first national child protection database was launched in Montenegro, with the aim to provide reliable data on the situation and needs of children, as well as of protection measures and services provided to them by the social welfare centres.
The data is collected at the local level in the social welfare centres, and then uploaded to the database at the Ministy of Labour and Social Welfare. The data, necessary for detailed analyses in the area of child protection, will be processed and used to foster evidence-based planning and monitoring of child protection services, as well as to develop social policies. The database has been in use since January 15, 2013.
Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Predrag Boskovic shaking hands with UNICEF Montenegro Representative Benjamin Perks
“This database will provide precise and reliable data on the characteristics and needs of children who are in contact with the system of social and child protection at the local and national level. Obtained data will be used for a range of analysis and preparation of plans and programmes at the state level, but also for the quality control of child protection services in each municipality,” said Predrag Boskovic, Minister of Labour and Social Welfare.
The database will enable the measurement of progress of the social welfare reform process through the effective monitoring of a range of indicators, such as number of children registered in the social work centres, number of children in foster care, and the proportion of children with and without disabilities placed in institutions.
In order to have full use of this database, support to the practical implementation of the database is needed through continuous education of professionals for its usage. “The database will have full use only if it is constantly kept updated. This of course depends on Social welfare staff to ensure it is used at all times, and information it contains is scrupulously checked so the database will remain full useful and reliable,” said Andre Lys, Head of Operations of the European Union Delegation to Montenegro.
Maja Luketic from Social Welfare Centre in Podgorica presenting the first national child protection database
The data collection methodology has been developed by UNICEF’s international consultants after observation of the situation in the field, and consultations with representatives of the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare and the Social Welfare Centres. The data will be processed at the end of each year, and the first results will be available at the beginning of 2014.
„The child protection database which we launched today is an important building block for any state trying to advance child protection and build internationally standardized systems to ensure the best protection for the most vulnerable children,“ said Benjamin Perks, UNICEF Montenegro Representative.
The Child Protection Database has been developed within the framework of the “Social Welfare and Child Care System Reform: Enhancing Social Inclusion” reform initiative, which is implemented by the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare and the Ministry of Education, with technical assistance of UNICEF and UNDP, and with financial support from the European Union in the amount of 3 million euros.