APSCF – the Alliance of Active NGO’s in the Field of Social Protection of Family and Child from the Republic of Moldova will start a campaign to advocate for the implementation of a national mechanism for data collection and data monitoring related to vulnerable children.
In Moldova, each Ministry is responsible for data collection related to the services it provides – Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family publishes an Annual Social Report with information about children at risk, and about the protection and services it provides; Ministry of Health collects statistics mainly about residential institutions for young children and children with disabilities; Ministry of Education collects statistical data about children in the residential institutions it coordinates. But according to the National Council for Child Protection, this methodology (based on multiple age criteria and poorly defined indicators), is applied by undertrained staff and generates little interaction at ministerial level between the public authorities involved in the process.
Despite the Government efforts towards data collection and despite the involvement of multiple foreign donors (EU, World Bank, the Czech Development Agency), the lack of data about vulnerable of children and about the impact of the protection measures taken by the government remains one of the major weaknesses of the development of social policies in Moldova. In this context, APSCF decides to focus its advocacy efforts on emphasising the need for real data that reflects the current situation of vulnerable children and families at risk.
Advocacy Strategy workshop based on the Child Protection Index findings
In December 2016, APSCF organised an workshop aiming to finalise the alliance’s advocacy strategy for the next year based on the findings of the Child Protection Index. The workshop’s participants – a working group made by the representatives of APSCF members, the alliance’s secretariat and ChildPact and World Vision experts – analysed the results of the Index in Moldova and set the focus point of the next advocacy efforts: to prioritize the implementation of a national mechanism for collecting and monitoring data related to vulnerable children.
Moldova is the second-to- last (out of piloted 9 countries) when it comes to data collection indicators
‘We do not support data collection for the sake of the information. Hidden behind the numbers are the vulnerable children we are bound by our mission to help.’, said Daniela Sîmboteanu, president CNPAC – the National Centre for Prevention of Child Abuse. Currently, the data are collected by the local authorities using the indicators given by each Ministry and centralised by the National Statistics Office. Unfortunately, this methodology and the diversity of actors involved in the process affects the quality of the data and makes it difficult to support the invisible children at risk.
`This strategy is the result of our work around the Child Protection Index, implemented in Moldova with the help of APSCF. The Child Protection Index is a tool for data monitoring and analyses regional governments’ efforts to protect children. The Index shows that data collection related to children at risk is a regional problem, not just for Moldova`, shows Mariana Ianachevici, APSCF and ChildPact President. Moldova is the next to last, out of 9 countries piloted by the Index, when it comes to the indicators related to the data collection process.
In 2017 APSCF plans to establish partnerships with local and national public authorities, to organise formal and informal meetings with representatives of all the actors involved in data collection and monitoring in the country, to raise awareness on the current needs for statistical data in Moldova, and to share all the available resources on the topic.
The strategy workshop was organised within the project on ` Inclusive Education Process in the Republic of Moldova ` financed by the Global Campaign for Education through Arab Campaign for Education for All, aiming to promote a political dialogue at the national level and to increase the accountability of national authorities and the citizens’ access to an equitable, inclusive and quality education.
What is the Child Protection Index?
The Child Protection Index, a tool created in partnership with ChildPact and World Vision, is designed to encourage regional cooperation, stimulate a more robust implementation of the UNCRC, and serve as a policy analysis tool for civil society, governments and donors. The Index consists of 626 indicators that together measure a state’s policy and actions to protect children. The Index framework of indicators heavily relies on the Implementation Handbook for the Convention on the Rights of the Child, published by UNICEF. Comparative analysis was conducted in 9 countries: Armenia, Albania, Serbia, Kosova, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Romania, Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova.
Currently, a second edition if the Child Protection Index (CPI 2.0) is in preparation.
Details about the results of the Child Protection Index in Moldova here.
Annual Social Report
National Council for Child Protection
Czech Development Agency
Child Protection Index
Global Campaign for Education
Arab Campaign for Education for All
The Child Protection Index results in Moldova