Child Rights Strategy

The National Strategy on the Protection and Promotion of Children's Rights

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The National Strategy on the Protection and Promotion of Children’s Rights 2014-2020 is being developed in a time where public policies in all sectors are redesigned to set the stage for the new programming period of the European Structural and Investment Funds and to prioritize the objectives integrated into the Government Programme 2013-2016 and the targets set and committed to under the Europe 2020 Strategy.

The Strategy aims to provide an effective framework for implementing the key priorities of child policies developed under the Government Programme “to create the conditions for child development and education from birth to the age of majority”.

The Partnership Agreement designed to set European funding priorities has mainstreamed strategic planning in all the major government sectors, including for child policies in the areas of social protection, education and health, as well as justice and home affairs. This Strategy seeks to match intervention measures to key strategic documents on child protection, especially the Strategy for Promoting Social Inclusion and Combating Poverty, which is currently being prepared.

The Europe 2020 Strategy has played a crucial role in child protection policy revision, with its target of lifting at least 20 million people out of poverty and social exclusion. In 2012, approximately 125 million European citizens were living in poverty or social exclusion, with children accounting for more than a quarter and being more affected than adults in most countries. In this context, Romania is committed to reducing the number of people affected by relative poverty by more than half a million (580,000) in the period 2008-2020 so as to reach the target of 4.408 thousand people. Additionally, this Strategy is aimed at ensuring that 250,000 fewer children live in relative poverty by 2020, with a proposed target of no more than 1,106,000 poor children in 2020.

 

Like CE Strategy at European level, this Strategy is expected to serve as a catalyst for the national implementation of the principles laid down in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which Romania ratified by Law No 221/2010, and its Optional Protocol, signed by Romania in September 2008, are other framework documents whose provisions will have to be incorporated in every action meant to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal exercise of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all persons with disabilities, including children.