In June, HEARD continued its support to national-level efforts to prevent violence against children in Moldova, including through participation in a Technical Discussion with the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection (MLSP). The discussion was led by MLSP, and attended by USAID, UNICEF Moldova, Data for Impact Moldova, Changing the Way We Care Moldova, NGOs including Partnership for Every Child, and more. State Secretary, Vasile Cușca, and Head of the Child Protection Directorate, Igor Chișcă, shared updates on the Second Objective within Moldova’s National Child Protection Programme for 2023-2026, which includes 11 main actions and an overall objective of zero tolerance of violence against children in Moldova. MLSP shared that a decision had been passed to establish working groups to manage each Objective, led by the National Council for Child Protection. The Working Group for Objective 2 on preventing violence against children will be a critical component of the next MLSP-led roundtable on prevention of VAC, which is slated for later in 2023, in follow up to last year’s HEARD-facilitated Roundtable.
HEARD also participated on June 20-21 in the International Annual Conference on Financing Family Strengthening and Child Protection Services in the Context of Moldova-EU Accession Agenda, organized by Changing the Way We Care Moldova. This was a technical conference with high-level participation including from Moldova’s MLSP, key Moldovan NGOs working on child protection, and international and bilateral donor and technical partners including USAID, UNICEF, WHO, and World Bank. Conference sessions explored Moldova’s progress in strengthening child protection systems and transitioning children out of institutional care, Moldova’s pending social assistance reform legislation (‘Restart’), and how to establish and finance quality minimum quality standards for child protection services, well-trained human capital, and strong parental support programming. Click here to access the conference report.