Child Welfare Index to be introduced in Kazakhstan in 2022

At the government session chaired by the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin, measures to protect the rights and ensure the safety of children were considered.

Minister of Education and Science Askhat Aimagambetov, Minister of Healthcare Aleksey Tsoy, Minister of Internal Affairs Yerlan Turgumbayev, as well as UNICEF Representative in Kazakhstan Arthur van Diesen presented their reports.

In 2020, 22 normative legal acts were developed and adopted in Kazakhstan in the field of protecting the rights of children. The Roadmap was approved to strengthen the protection of the rights of the child, counter domestic violence and address issues of suicide among adolescents for 2020-2023. The rules and terms of social rehabilitation of children who have suffered from terrorist activities have been adopted.

In 2022, it is planned to introduce Child Welfare Index in Kazakhstan, which will cover safety, health, education, material well-being, and socialization of children. This index will track the performance of government agencies to improve the welfare of children.

The Head of Government stressed the importance of ensuring the safety of children on the street, in educational institutions, during rest.

In this regard, Mamin instructed to prepare a Roadmap for providing educational and leisure facilities with an appropriate security infrastructure within two weeks.

“Special attention should be paid to video surveillance systems and their integration with the Police Operational Management Centers, the presence of ‘panic buttons’ and prompt response. All this work should be completed before the start of the academic year,” Mamin said.

The Ministry of Healthcare, akimats were instructed to take measures for the prevention and early diagnosis of diseases, rehabilitation, integrated management of diseases from childhood, develop school medicine, the material and technical base of early development and screening rooms, orphanages, children's hospitals and clinics.

The Head of Government instructed akimats to take measures to increase the number of children involved in sports.

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