At the 39th plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organisation (PABSEC) Recommendation 127/2012 on Child Protection in the BSEC Member States was adopted.
The Recommendation raised various concerns over the persisting child protection challenges across the region, which include: lack of preventive measures; ineffective systems to provide support to children who are victims of violence; dysfunctional juvenile justice systems; child poverty, particularly among Roma children and children living in rural areas; lack of early intervention and alternative services.
Furthermore, PABSEC recognised and noted the alarming high number of institutionalized children, working children, children with disabilities and special needs, street children unregistered at birth, refugee children living in inadequate conditions, abandoned children and children ‘left behind’ by their migrant parents, and school drop-outs.
Having acknowledged all these issues, PABSEC recommends governments and parliaments of the BSEC Member States to produce and implement valuable solutions at regional level in order to:
(1) encourage and support a regional civil society coalition to encourage a credible and consistent voice and partner on child protection issues;
(2) promote the formation of a policy institute or conglomerate of academic institutions to support the methodology and process of nationwide scale-up of social services;
(3) enhance cooperation in the field of children’s rights and child protection, particularly in addressing problems of transnational character. Furthermore it recommends
(4) the creation of a regional trust fund for children of the Black Sea Region to sponsor new initiatives and key innovations in child protection.