Ukraine announces action plan to improve children's rights
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on Tuesday announced an action plan to develop child-focused policy and to boost children's rights protection, according to Xinhua.
"We have taken a number of important decisions in supporting family care, providing better access to education and increasing funding for disabled children in the orphanages," Yanukovych told the conference on children's rights protection here.
Decent and affordable healthcare plays a key role in the country's overall strategy for the protection of children, Yanukovych said, adding that the state will provide funding for treatment of kids and young people with cancer and other serious illnesses.
Yanukovych expressed concern about the high level of juvenile crime in Ukraine, saying that the authorities have found options to reduce it.
He said that the New Criminal Code, which involves educational work with children who are in conflict with the law, will help reduce juvenile crime rate.
Yanukovych promised state support for families in difficult economic situations so they continue to bring up their children.
He also ordered concerned officials to conduct orphanages system reform aimed at creating more family-type orphanages.