Coordination of state policy to protect children from violence
As of 1 November 2019, amendment no. 300/2019 of Act no. 453/2003 Coll. on state administration bodies in the field of social affairs, family and employment services and on amendments to certain laws, which legislatively enshrines the competence of the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic as the central state administration body for coordinating state policy in protecting children from violence and coordination of the fulfillment of tasks in this area (§ 3 par. 1 letter n); § 2).
Through its specialized unit, the National Coordination Centre for Resolving the Issues of Violence against Children (established on the basis of Government Resolution No. 24/2014), the Ministry of Labor directs and methodically manages the coordination of child protection against violence, creates conditions for mutual cooperation and exchange of information between authorities. state administration, the police force, schools, school facilities, municipalities, higher territorial units, health care providers and other entities operating in the field of protection of children from violence.
The aim of the mentioned legal regulation is to strengthen legal certainty in mutual cooperation and cooperation of subjects, as well as a significant improvement of access to quality services of assistance to children at risk of violence throughout the territory of the Slovak Republic.
In co-operation with relevant partners, ie representatives of the Ministries of the Interior, Health, Education, Science, Research and Sports, Culture, Justice and representatives of non-governmental organizations as well as others involved in child protection, a unified approach of all entities in the field is created. The amendment to the law in question is indeed an important milestone in addressing the issue of violence against children throughout the Slovak Republic.
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