Analysis of the cross-sector system support for children with disabilities in Montenegro
Strengthening of inter-sector cooperation and support for children with disabilities and their families
In terms of the overall context, the analysis was foreseen to provide a knowledge base for professionals and decision makers from different sectors on how to apply effectively and efficiently consolidated interventions and multisector system support and response throughout the lifecycle of children with disabilities in order to achieve important improvements in the situation and realization of rights of children with disabilities and their families. The purpose of the analysis was to support Montenegro to strengthen inter-sector cooperation and support for children with disabilities and their families and overall country system response in ensuring the realization of rights of children with disabilities. The general objectives of the analysis were to assist the Government of Montenegro, i.e. the Council for Child Rights, as well as respective CSOs, to achieve:
- gg Improvement of the policy and legal framework for children with disabilities across sectors;
- gg Improvement of the system of data collection and analysis across sectors and its consolidation;
- gg Improvement of multi-sector coordination in working with children with disabilities through consolidation of multi-sector efforts and the provision of integrated support to children with disabilities throughout their lifecycle.
The analysis is aimed at influencing Montenegro’s policy and practice in the work aimed at improving the rights and situation of children with disabilities and UNICEF’s role/programming towards achieving this goal. The findings and recommendations will be used by the Council on Child Rights, as the highest governmental body in charge of CR (which is the custodian of the analysis), which will monitor its cross-sector implementation and ensure adequate implementation of recommendations across sectors. Children and families would benefit from enhanced multi-sector work by respective institutions/ sectors and communities on enhancing family and community-based services for children with disabilities, including early detection and intervention and supporting families caring for children with disabilities (cross-sector early detection and intervention) and the inclusion of children in the mainstream education system, so that the country focuses its efforts more on prevention and early multi-sector interventions, instead of applying a predominantly reactive and compensatory approach.
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