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NGO involvement in the process of policy making on the topic of social and legal protection of children

Slovakia

Project Facts

Project objective: Active citizenship fostered
Project promoter: Slniecko Center
Type of institution: Service provision organization (NGO)
Project number: SK10-0057
Target group(s): Children ,
Status: Completed
Initial project cost: € 44,185
Final project costs: € 44,026
From EEA Grants: € 39,623
The project is carried out in: Slovakia

Project partnership(s)

What will the partnership achieve?

Summary of project results

 

In Slovakia, the child problems are often neglected, and the approach to handling them often contradicts the principle of the best interest of the child. The outcomes of the project will remain sustainable through having a higher-quality process of developing suggestions to deal with the problems of children as well as an improved quality of advocacy by NGOs in cooperation with the state administration authorities. The objective of the project was to increase the participation of NGOs in policy-making, improve the quality of advocacy and enhance the capacities of NGOs to become partners of the State in making systemic changes. The long-term outcome of the project is the webpage bezmodrin.sk as well as the alternative report summarising the state of the child protection in Slovakia. This report will serve the purpose of a basic document for addressing the State with questions regarding the actual situation in child protection in Slovakia as well as for requesting remedies and changes. The outcome of the project NGOs responded to actual experience and needs of children, state employees exchanged their knowledge and learnt about children's needs, and policy makers received stimuli for improvements in legislation. The planned outcome was fully met. Main outputs: 8 coordination meetings of the work group focusing on the child protection area; 17 experts included in the informal child-protection network; 12 round table conferences, 38 consultations and 10 outcomes of the child problems analysis; expert proposals regarding the child protection system: 1 conference/150 participants, 41 round table conferences, 3 participations in the meetings of the Committee for Children and Youth, 25 participations in meetings regarding changes in legislation (3 outcomes); 49 media outcomes Beneficiaries were involved mainly secondarily, via impacts of changes made in the child protection system.

 


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