The Government adopted the National Programme for the Prevention of Violence and Abuse of Children (2023-2026) and an Action Plan for its implementation for the period 2023-2024, the Cabinet press office said.
The national programme is a framework for coordination of actions of the parties involved in the work on prevention of violence and abuse of children.
Through the implementation of the programme and the action plan, the aim is to reduce cases of violence and exploitation against children, as well as to collect uniform data on these cases. The aim of the measures and activities set out in both documents is to improve coordination and the reporting system between institutions and to increase the capacity of professionals working with children and others.
Measures are also envisaged to raise public awareness and sensitivity on children’s issues and to implement a zero tolerance policy towards all forms of violence.
1563 reports of violence against children in 2021 were handled by the multidisciplinary teams under the Violence Coordination Mechanism of the UNICEF Children’s Rights Protection Organization. 516 reports of a child at risk were registered in the first six months of 2022. Of these, 337 were for violence against a child. 15 694 reports of online child abuse were received by the National Centre for Safe Internet (2021).
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