UNICEF presents the preliminary results of the Child Protection System Assessment in Turkmenistan

UNICEF works with the Government of Turkmenistan to strengthen the child protection system and in implementing the recommendations of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

Mahriban Seytliyeva, UNICEF Turkmenistan Communication Officer
UNICEF delivers personal protective equipment to support the protection of medical workers
UNICEF Turkmenistan
01 December 2021

Ashgabat, 1 December - UNICEF together with the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection organized a roundtable to discuss the preliminary results of the child protection system assessment conducted within the SDG Joint Programme on Improving the system of social protection in Turkmenistan.

The assessment was conducted by the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection and UNICEF and aimed at evaluating the current child protection system in Turkmenistan to identify functions of statutory bodies, strengths and areas requiring further improvement, and to better understand what roles child protection referral bodies could play within an integrated social protection system. 

The event brought together the country’s Government officials and international experts to deliberate over findings and recommendations of the assessment. The round table, facilitated by UNICEF international experts, aimed at presenting comprehensive and scientifically robust information to the ministries and agencies concerned with child protection system strengthening and provided evidence to enhance mechanisms to respond to the needs of vulnerable families and their children. In addition, the participants were able to hear about good practices of other countries in the region on child protection system reforms.

Based on an assessment, there is a need to amend the Regulations of Commission on Guardianship & Trusteeship, Commission on Minors and Medical Pedagogical Commission to include (1) their role as gatekeepers (institutional placement as a last resort) and (2) to ensure coordination with social workers for child and family assessment. Strengthening the social protection sector, along with improvement of healthcare, education and youth policy, is among the priorities of Turkmenistan’s 2018-2022 National Plan of Action for Realization of Child Rights.

“Every state in the world needs to invest in a strong child protection system that can identify vulnerable families and children, provide them with social services that meet their specific needs, and ensure the coordination and monitoring of that service provision,” said Alexandru Nartea, Deputy Representative of UNICEF in Turkmenistan. “Effective child protection systems are created by assessing and deliberating over the gaps in the existing system for preventing and responding to cases of violence, abuse and neglect.”

UNICEF works with the Government of Turkmenistan to strengthen the child protection system and in implementing the recommendations of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child to improve the situation of vulnerable children in the country.