Croatia introduces child well-being indicators
The main purpose of introducing child well-being indicators is to monitor and ensure the quality of life for children in Croatia. The proposed indicators were presented today at the Ministry of Demographics, Family, Youth and Social Policy. A set of indicators to monitor the well-being of children in Croatia was developed by leading local experts led by prof. dr. sc. Marina Ajduković and in cooperation with prof. dr. sc. Jonathan Bradshaw, a consultant for UNICEF.
“One of the key priorities in the National Strategy for the Rights of Children in the Republic of Croatia, which represents the main strategic document in the field of children’s rights, is precisely the definition of relevant national child well-being indicators, i.e., “markers” based on which the situation and needs of children in Croatia can be assessed and policies realized. This event is, therefore, an excellent opportunity to highlight our shared responsibility to respect children’s rights and respond to children’s needs. Each of us is responsible for doing everything within our power to make children valued and equal members of society whose rights are not violated. It is precisely through defining child well-being indicators that we are making a huge step towards this”, said dr. sc. Marin Strmota, state secretary of the Ministry of Demographics, Family, Youth and Social Policy.
The well-being of children is an indicator of the state of society they live in. Nature and quality in which a country provides for the health and education of children and all other factors influencing their well-being is an indicator of strengths and weaknesses in every country. Comprehensive and relevant data present a good basis for creating educational, health, demographic and other policies tailored for children.
“By introducing child well-being indicators, Croatia has accepted the high standards in the care for children and families. I am especially pleased that forty children have also participated in developing the document on national well-being indicators. This brings an added value to this document, as children bring their own perspective and they should have the opportunity to participate in all processes concerning them. Through monitoring the quality of children’s lives in our country, we shall collect key data to enable quality planning of policies and services needed for each child to be provided with conditions for developing his/her potential”, said Valentina Otmačić, Head of UNICEF Office for Croatia.
The indicators monitor children’s well-being according to these parameters:
- family relationships
- subjective and psychological well-being
- material well-being and poverty
- peer relationships and risky behaviours
- child safety
- vulnerable groups of children/children in vulnerable situations.
By introducing child well-being indicators, Croatia joins the leading countries in the world that aim to establish well-being of their youngest members of society at the top of their priority list.
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