Children in Moldova are protected from family separation, violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation

5/1/2010 — 4/30/2011
All objectives were achieved

The project purpose

This Project was a part of UNICEF’s broader committed to ensure that, by end of 2011, the social protection system in Moldova addresses the needs of most vulnerable children and families and closes the gaps in access to quality social services, including systems to prevent and protect from family separation, violence, abuse, exploitation, neglect and discrimination. The project supported national and local authorities to implement two main strategies; the National Strategy for residential care system reform and the National Program on Development of the Integrated Social Service System.

Cost of the action — 206 710 euro

Project Donors:


Implementing party:

  • EveryChild Moldova
  • Partnerships for Every Child


Project results: The project assisted central and local authorities and service providers to support the implementation of the Master Plan for Transformation in closing down of three auxiliary schools: Albineţul Vechi and Socii Noi in Falesti and Sculeni in Ungheni and development of community based services;

  • 144 children in three institutions were assessed, care plans established and prepared for deinstitutionalisation;
  • 8 children were reunited with their families and communities of origin:
  • 78 were reintegrated into their biological families,
  • 4 children were placed in foster care,
  • 4 - in guardianship
  • 2 children - in family type children’s homes;

89 children from both raions were prevented from family separation and institutionalization; 112 children, both reintegrated and those who remained in the auxiliary schools were empowered by means of a comprehensive training programme focused on such topics as self-knowledge, self-confidence, emotions and feelings, needs, personal values, personal goals, UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, establishing relations with the peers and adults, friendship, leadership, Efficient communication etc.; 106 child protection specialists and community social workers, 248 teachers and 110 residential staff were supported to build their capacities to provide improved support to children and families; two out of the three auxiliary schools were closed during the project life, one closed within the USAID project later on.