Yurii Pavlenko: Decree “On the issue of provision of children’s rights in Ukraine” aimed at solving actual problems of childhood

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych signed a decree “On the issue of ensuring the rights of children in Ukraine.”

According to a briefing the President of Ukraine Commissioner for Children’s Rights Yuri Pavlenko, the main purpose of the document – the creation of appropriate conditions for security and the rights and interests of children – particularly orphans and children deprived of parental care, address the pressing issues in the field of child welfare.

Yuri Pavlenko also said that to implement ongoing monitoring of local authorities to implement children’s rights in every region, district and city Decree obliges governments to ensure implementation of performance assessment of the Council of Ministers of Crimea, oblast, Kyiv and Sevastopol city state administrations in the direction “Protecting children’s rights.”

“For efficient operation of all branches of government, including in the field, Ukraine’s President stresses the need for staff support services for children and creating appropriate conditions for its functioning. I hereby decree He commits the Ministry of Health to take additional and urgent steps to improve the quality of health services, provision of drugs privileged children “- he said.

The document stresses the need to separate the reorganization of the system of psychiatric care for children and state mental health program for the protection of children.

According to the Commissioner of the President, in the Ordinance He also focuses on planning and financing of measures aimed at implementing the objectives, defining the National Action Plan for implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 2016. The decree requires the Cabinet to approve the action plan for implementation of this Act in January, the regional administration – no later than February, the district – no later than March.

“The decree provides for reform of residential care for orphans, particularly the introduction of targeted funding of children’s rights, development of Government Regulation on the establishment of a new type”, – said Yuri Pavlenko.

He said the President in the document also stresses the need to accelerate the restructuring process of shelters for children in centers for social and psychological rehabilitation and requires RSA to develop a regional program for 2013-2015 years, the issue of housing orphans and children deprived of parental care .

Special attention, said Commissioner President, is given full and unconditional implementation of central and local government legislation on social protection and support large families – including providing statutory benefits and housing for such large families.

According to Yuri Pavlenko, the President also instructed the State Committee, the central executive authority together with the media to ensure the creation and distribution of television and radio programs aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles, prevent cruelty and domestic violence and children’s environment, sexual exploitation of children as well as the skills of safe use of computer technology and the Internet.

This also includes extensive media coverage of social and legal protection of children, promoting positive experience of family-based care of orphans and children deprived of parental care, an information campaign on orphans, children deprived of parental care, which may be adopted, arranged the family of citizens of Ukraine; introducing the cycle of TV and radio to explain problems of criminal justice in relation to minors, information on children’s rights and their legal representatives in the course of inquiry, pretrial investigation, justice, and stay in the penitentiary.

“The main requirement of the President to all branches of power – away from the stereotypes of inferiority problems facing children in Ukraine. Protecting Children’s Rights in Ukraine is a priority “, – said Yuri Pavlenko. – “This priority must be central to the work of the minister, head of RSA, city, district, town or village head.”

According to the Commissioner of the President of the Rights of the Child, it is expected that as a result of the Decree should increase the number of children, which will be sold the right to family education – they will be brought up in foster homes, orphanages family, adopted or taken into custody.

Yuri Pavlenko also noted that the recently much more active work of all governments in matters relating to child protection.


Viktor Yanukovych, President of Ukraine

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