Conference "Children in Formal Care: Accountability of Service Providers and Monitoring Mechanisms"

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Mr Adriano Martins, Deputy Head of EC Delegation in the Republic of Serbia and, Ms Ljiljana Lucic, State Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Social Policy of the Republic of Serbia, and Ms Judita Reichenberg, UNICEF Area Representative for Serbia

This conference is dedicated to the strengthening accountability mechanisms to ensure that children’s rights are respected within the social welfare system and it is organised by UNICEF and the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy of the Republic of Serbia

Belgrade, 30 September 2009 – At the two-day international conference Children in Formal Care: Accountability of Service Providers and Monitoring Mechanisms, national and international experts will discuss the strengthening of accountability mechanisms and improving the social welfare system and the respect of the rights of child within the social welfare system, whether it is a question of children placed in institutions and foster care or of those involved in administrative and judicial procedures in order to protect their best interests.

At the opening of the conference aimed at contibuting to the development of a policy model which ensures comprehensive and effective protection of children through primary and secondary legislation and transparent independent monitoring, the speakers were as follows:
Ms Ljiljana Lucic, State Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Social Policy of the Republic of Serbia,
Mr Adriano Martins, Deputy Head of EC Delegation in the Republic of Serbia and
Ms Judita Reichenberg, UNICEF Area Representative for Serbia.

The reform of the social welfare system was guided by the fundamental principle that the family plays an essential role in the development and raising of children in order that they could achieve their full potential, whereas the role of the state is to support the family and – when the family is not in the position to adequately care for the child – to secure alternative care based on the rights of the child. 

The child protection system should ensure safety, well-being and development of any child in its care through laws, policies, regulatory measures and other mechanisms that enforce accountability of all actors involved with the child. Such actors may include decision-makers, professional service providers, direct care-givers, independent monitoring bodies or civil sector organizations. The reform process therefore aims to build accountable and transparent monitoring as part of a wider democratization of the society. 

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The state is also responsible for creating a context in which the protection system functioning is monitored externally in a sustainable and transparent manner, which is also part of the wider process of social democratisation.

This two-day conference held at the Sava Centre is attended by more than 150 international and national experts, representatives of the relevant ministries, social welfare institutions, expert associations and trade unions, non-governmental organisations and associations of the system beneficiaries’ representatives, institution of Ombudsman, media and international organisations.

For additional information, please contact Jadranka Milanovic, UNICEF Media Representative phone: 011 - 3602 100;  е-mail: jmilanovic@unicef.org
and the Press Service of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy

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