For negligence in relation to children will now be able to prosecute according to the law

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On Thursday, November 11, the Seimas in the final reading adopted amendments to the Law on the Protection of the Rights of the Child, according to which the responsibility is now provided for children left without supervision.

Neglect is defined by law as a form of child abuse and is defined as a persistent or systematic manifestation of neglect of a child that harms him, or can slow down his development, or causes him physical or psycho-emotional suffering.

Until now, the law provided that all forms of physical or emotional abuse, sexual abuse or other behavior that endanger the health, life, development or self-esteem of a child are considered abuse. Now the word appears in the law “negligence”… It is the negligence of the parent (or other adult) that is actually recognized as abuse of the child and is a violation of his rights.

According to the legislators, neglect and negligence must be combated, and the existence of this term in the law will contribute to more effective protection of children’s rights.

The amendments also introduce the term “Failure to comply with childcare responsibilities” as an inability to provide the child with physical, emotional, social needs, health care and education, and age-appropriate care for the child, which jeopardizes his long-term health and development.

The law imposes on parents the obligation to cooperate with social services, to use programs of support and assistance to the family in cases where violence or other violations of the rights of the child are found. The social service will inform the Orphan’s Court about the refusal to cooperate.

The law has been supplemented with criteria for determining the interests of the child. Psychological conclusion in cases related to the protection of children’s rights in
further will be able to do a psychologist who has a certificate in the field of professional activity of clinical, legal psychology and health psychology. Such a specialist should have three years of experience in the field of studying children and families.

The State Inspectorate for the Protection of the Rights of the Child will be able to assess whether persons convicted of crimes related to violence or the threat of violence can work, engage in volunteer activities, and also provide child care in educational, medical and other institutions where children are located or activities for them.

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