Partnership to build and reinforce policies for children

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  • Government: UNICEF works closely with the Government at every level, from national to local. We work with Government ministries on the development of policies for children, and with decentralized municipal authorities on how best to implement those policies on the ground.
  • Independent child rights monitoring bodies: Serbia child rights infrastructure includes the National Council on Child Rights (2002), the Deputy Ombudsman for Children (2008), and the Commissioner for the Protection of Equality (2010), as well as the Parliamentary Committee on Child Rights (2010). UNICEF works in partnership with these institutions on a range of issues, from inclusive education to juvenile justice and child care reform. UNICEF has also carried out an early assessment of their impact, highlighting the urgent need for more resources.
  • The Parliamentary Committee for Child Rights: The non-partisan Committee for Child Rights of the National Parliament, which has secured the continuity of parliamentary work on child rights regardless of political changes, prioritizes the social inclusion of marginalized children. With UNICEF’s assistance, the Committee is working across government and with independent human rights monitoring bodies, researchers, civil society and international organizations to ease the impact of the economic crisis on Serbia’s children. It is also providing systematic oversight of law and policy implementation – essential for government accountability towards the most vulnerable children – with work underway to assess national progress on inclusion in education. The assessment will help foster much needed inter-sectoral cooperation, and may generate additional resources.



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