TBILISI, Georgia, 1 June, 2019. Lack of services and psycho-social support programmes for children, victims of violence, especially those living under the state care, prevents proper rehabilitation and development of these children. On Child Protection Day in Georgia, UNICEF calls for more services and rehabilitation programmes for children, victims of violence.
Scarcity of specialized professionals to support rehabilitation of children who experience violence is also a problem. Strengthening social workforce and enhancing skills of other professionals working with children together with adequate services and programmes are essential for supporting these children to overcome trauma and to develop.
“Today we are marking the Child Protection Day in Georgia. I would like to congratulate all children on this day and wish them to realize all their dreams and aspirations.” - Dr. Ghassan Khalil, UNICEF Representative in Georgia.
“On this day we also draw attention to those children who are left behind, who live in poverty, who are victims of violence and who are not able to receive adequate protection. There are no adequate services for children who are victims of violence and we stand ready to support the Government in developing such services and programmes, ” added Ghassan Khalil.
This year also marks the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the most widely ratified international human rights treaty in history.
In the 30 years since its adoption, the CRC has helped to transform children’s lives. It has inspired legislative changes to better protect children and enabled them to participate in their societies. However, the CRC is not fully implemented or widely understood. There is a pressing need to refresh the relevance and urgency around implementing the CRC for the 21st century. The anniversary provides a unique opportunity for Member States to reaffirm their commitment to fully implement the CRC and raise awareness and understanding of child rights in Georgian society.
“The draft Code on the Rights of the Child being discussed at the Parliament is an important law introducing legal grounds, safeguards and guarantees for the realization of rights and freedoms for children of Georgia. This includes a special focus on rights to family, protection from all forms of violence, access to inclusive education and healthcare, social protection, and access to justice. Once adopted the Code will guide all state agencies, local governments, other administrative bodies, the Common Courts, public and private organizations and individuals when working with, and making decisions about children. This will be an important development for Georgia and the realization of the Code will bring many positive changes for children, especially for the most vulnerable,” said UNICEF Representative.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
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