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Minister: children’s safety should be a priority at all times, not just for one holiday

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAny child capable of formulating their opinion should be provided with freedom to voice them in all matters that affect them. In addition, children’s opinion should be provided with enough attention in accordance with their age and maturity, says Latvia’s Welfare Ministry.

Friday, 1 June, Latvia will be celebrating International Day for Protection of Children. This day is celebrated in many countries of the world. It was established in 1925 during World Conference for the Protection of Children in Geneva. Since 1950, International Day for Protection of Children is celebrated by most countries around the world, as noted by the ministry.

In Latvia, 1 June is an official celebrated day in Latvia. It was added to the official list in 2017. Each resident’s duty is protecting their own and other children’s safety. Residents have a duty to report situations when violations of children’s rights to police, orphan courts or other child protection institutions.

«This day is a good time for all of us to think about children’s safety in the broadest sense – from safety out on street to emotional and physical safety. Unfortunately, people tend to think about children’s safety only when disaster has already struck. Summer is here – school is out. I urge resident to explain to their children the importance of safety at home, in school, at the beach and in water, on the road and in parks. Only then will be able to provide safety for our children,» says Welfare Minister Jānis Reirs.

Welfare Ministry also notes that children and other people have the right to ask for help from child rights protection institutions and other state and municipal institutions. Child Rights Protection Law also includes principles for protecting children from smoking, alcoholism and energy drinks.

Although the law prohibits corporal punishment in all situations, some residents still excuse the use of force in raising children, notes the ministry.

From 1 January 2018, state benefits are paid until a child reaches the age of 20 (previous age was 19) while they still study or in the process of acquiring vocational education (even when paid scholarship).

Welfare Ministry also notes that benefits have been increased for families that have more than two children. Benefit amount paid to families for two or more children is EUR 20 a month and EUR 66 for three children. For every next child born in the family, benefit amount is EUR 50 larger.

There is a belief in society that children only have rights, but the law has a separate section for duties as well, the ministry reminds.


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