The purpose of this site is to introduce you to the issue of Child Rights, to explain their importance, and to explain how this initiative came about. We also want to show you how our project is promoting child rights in Romania, and what information we can offer children and professionals working with children and parents.
This website has been developed by the public awareness campaign " Educational Campaign on Family Advisory Issues and Child Rights “, a project which was commissioned by the National Authority for the Protection of Child Rights and the EU's PHARE programme. The aim of this campaign is to raise awareness, among families, professional groups and the media of what are now legally binding rights for the protection of children.
Children 's rights are now law. But it needs to be understood that this is a social law, not a penal law – in other words it can only be effectively implemented by people changing their approach; not by punishment. The law aims to support the family and community networks that exist around each child. Rather than punishing families, the new law aims to support them in the complex and demanding task of bringing up children.
A better knowledge of Child Rights will lead to a better life for all children, and it is important that more people in Romania know about this issue. Knowing what is meant in practice by Child Rights will give people useful guidance in how to behave towards children.
If you know of a case of child abuse there is a simple way to act: call the Toll Free Line! We also want to tell the world that things really have improved in Romania as regards child protection (just look at the statistics under the press section of this site). Romania is a country where children's rights are now enshrined in law, many children have been taken out of the old-style institutions, and the child protection system has been thoroughly reformed.