UNICEF salutes the establishment of the National Authority for the Protection of Child Rights and Adoption
BUCHAREST, 31 March 2014 - UNICEF salutes the initiative of the Government of Romania to establish the National Authority for the Protection of Child Rights and Adoption as a specialized institution of the central public administration through the Emergency Order 11/2014.
This measure provides a strong signal that children are a priority and at the heart of the Government efforts to promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, in line with the latest EU documents and international recommendations. As such, UNICEF Romania fully supports this initiative of the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Protection and the Elderly.
“The revival of the National Authority clearly responds to the 2009 Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child to improving the efficacy of national and local child protection institutions, especially by clarifying responsibilities and ensuring sufficient human and financial resources for their implementation,” declared Sandie Blanchet, UNICEF Representative in Romania. “By providing the National Authority with statutory responsibility for monitoring the protection of children's rights, Romania is making a step forward in ensuring that the best interests of the child are a primary consideration in all actions concerning children, including in legislation and policy development and delivery, which demands a continuous process of child impact assessment and evaluation,” added Mrs. Blanchet.
Also in line with the European Commission Recommendation, Investing in children: breaking the cycle of disadvantage (released in February 2013), the National Authority could lead the further development of "necessary governance, implementation and monitoring arrangements, particularly through strengthen synergies across sectors and improve governance arrangements for sustain investment in child". UNICEF believes that the National Authority will be able to play a key role in supporting the implementation of the EC Recommendation in Romania.
The National Authority has the potential to become another good practice that Romania could share with other countries in Europe and beyond.
UNICEF is on the ground in Romania and other 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. In Romania, UNICEF works with the Government, the Parliament, local authorities, the civil society, the private sector, national and international partners and the media to provide all children and adolescents with access to quality care and education, to protect them from violence and ensure that they grow up in a family environment, to monitor child rights and leverage resources for children. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.