UNICEF and MAI have signed a joint work plan to ensure protection for every child
The work plan includes the development of comprehensive mechanisms to deliver services and prompt responses for children affected by various forms of violence.
Chisinau, 12 July 2023: The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs have signed a work plan to strengthen capacities for protecting children exposed to risks and various forms of violence. According to the action plan, in the next four years, multiple alternatives will be developed and promoted at the national level regarding the deprivation of liberty of children in conflict with the law - rehabilitation, counselling, education and social reintegration programs adapted to the specific gender needs of every child.
Training sessions are also planned for the relevant authorities' staff, including the Ministry of Internal Affairs employees, to enhance their skills in addressing issues faced by children.
Furthermore, the plan includes the modernization of the accommodation spaces within the temporary accommodation center for refugees and asylum seekers, managed by the General Inspectorate for Immigration. Enhancements will include the establishment of child-friendly spaces for children, adolescents, and women.
The partnership will also back the creation and distribution of tools and programs for prevention, protection, and intervention in online child abuse and exploitation. This includes the creation of a national platform to report online abuse against children.
It should be noted that this is the first work plan established between UNICEF and the Ministry of Internal Affairs, laying out concrete actions for the development of mechanisms that provide integrated services and rapid responses to children affected by various forms of violence.