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  • 9/1/2009

    Assessment of the child care system in Moldova and technical assistance to the government of Moldova to host the sub-regional consultation on child care system reforms in ENP countries

    Oxford Policy Management (OPM) and EveryChild Moldova, were selected to support the Republic of Moldova to host the conference on the progress registered in childcare systems of Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Ukraine, and Moldova, members of EU’s European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and to perform an assessment of the reform implemented in Moldova.

    The purpose of the assessment is to identify the progress and set-backs of the reform, through an analysis of the existing policies, and to determine what are the attitudes of national, raion, and community-level stakeholders. This activity allows the Government of the Republic of Moldova, along with UNICEF country offices and other international and local stakeholders, to accelerate the childcare system reform.

    The assessment was carried out in June - August 2009. It focuses on 'child care' in the sense of support provided to children who are in need of additional care because of their circumstances, and those without parental care, or at risk of being without parental care. It covers issues such as deinstitutionalisation and the provision of family substitute and family support services. There is an inevitable overlap between child care issues and other issues relating to child welfare such as education, health, justice and social assistance. The assessment therefore cover these aspects of child welfare where they have an impact on the children who are in need of, or at risk of needing, child care services (e.g. the treatment of children with disabilities, the education of children with special needs, or the care of children in the detention system).

    The report forms part of Moldova's contribution to the subregional consultation on child protection which is being hosted by the Government of Moldova and UNICEF in November 2009, and which will bring together participants from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia and Ukraine as well as Moldova to discuss progress in the wider region.

    Moldova child welfare assessment_final_2009.09
  • 9/1/2008

    Organisational assessment of the raions

    The Government of Moldova is reforming its system of social service provision so that it diversifies its range of services to take into account individual need and increases its overall coverage of the population. The Ministry of Social Protection, Family and Child (MSPFC) has developed an Integrated Strategy for Social Services (ISSS) which is undergoing an approval process. The strategy envisages a refocusing of services away from highly specialised facilities to more appropriate community-based and preventative services, in line with Moldova's international commitments. This includes a scaling-down or phasing-out of some specialised institutions, as agreed in the government's deinstitutionalisation strategy of 2007, and a strengthening of the new national network of social assistants and other local services.

    The strategy takes into account the ongoing process of decentralisation in Moldova and so it enables local public authorities at the first and second levels (the primaria and raion) to develop services that most closely reflect the needs in their area, and by the most effective and efficient means possible, under the guidance of the overall framework for social services provided by the MSPFC. The ISSS will therefore place significant demands on raion Social Assistance and Family Protection Departments (SAFPDs), who will have to change the mix of services provided and the way they deliver them.

    An organisational assessment of raion SAFPDs has been carried out to enhance the MSPFC's understanding of current practices and constraints in raion SAFPDs. The aim is to inform the drafting of legislation and regulations and support the implementation of the strategy. This report presents the findings of the assessment.

  • 9/1/2007

    Beneficiary assessment

    The Ministry of Social Protection, Family and Child (MSPFC) made public the qualitative reaserch “Beneficiary Assessment” performed in the context of reforming social assistance system launched by the Ministry. The new social assistance policy will provide targeted cash transfers and social services to the poorest and most vulnerable representatives of society. It aims at providing people with a safety net to prevent them from falling into, or deeper into, poverty and where possible a springboard that supports their efforts to move out of poverty.

    The aim of the Beneficiary Assessment was to understand the relationship between vulnerability and existing social assistance services providing information that will assist in the design and implementation of the social assistance policy framework.

    According to the Minister of Social Protection, Family and Child, Mrs. Galina Balmosh, the research was aimed not to produce statistical representative data (as is already provided by the Household Budget Survey), but rather to gain insights into the everyday experiences of poor people in order to understand the problems they face, the strategies they use to deal with these problems, and their experiences with social assistance and services. This helped us to understand how cash transfers and social assistance services can help those most in need, said the Minister. 

    The Beneficiary Assessment, which included both beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries of social services and social transfers amongst the poor and vulnerable, was carried out in urban and rural communities in four raions across Moldova, with focus group discussions conducted with representatives of four different types of vulnerable group: the elderly, families with children at risk, disabled (or carers of disabled) and young people. In some cases an alternative fourth group comprised people aged 45-58 years who were not working but who had not yet retired.

  • 1/1/2005

    Family Matters

    This report reviews the faltering progress made in childcare reform across Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union over the 15 years since the ‘orphanages’ of Romania were revealed to the world.