CHILDREN SAID

Happy is the Child with the family who love, advice and support them.

Marina, 15 year old

I have the right to be protected and no one can abuse me.

Milan, 6 years old

I have the right to live and play, and it must be heard by everyone.

Jelena, 9 years old

True family should, from the our earliest period, teach us how to love and respect.

Jovana, 16 year old

I have the right and obligation to go to school

Marko, 10 years old

The Ombudsman for Children of Republic of Srpska, with the institutions of Ombudsman of Serbia, Vojvodina and Montenegro, with the support of "Save the Children Norway", has begun the work on a joint project to protect children from begging.

The AIM of this project is to:

- obtain the data about the presence of child beggary in Republic of Srpska,

- determine the age and gender structure of children who beg,

- obtain the data on possible causes, - measures and activities undertaken by centers,

- cooperation of centers and other institutions,

all with the aim of proposing measures to disable or prevent the abuse and exploitation of children.

Begging on streets, at intersections of streets, at parking lots, in front of shopping centers, hospitals, hungry and thirsty in the rain and wind, their rights are not only violated, but also seriously compromised, the rights to:

- adequate parental care

- healthy conditions of growing up

- education,

- health care,

- play and socialize with children,

- safety.

According to the obtained data in 2010, social welfare centers have registered 131 children in beggary. The data relates to the period 1.1.-31.12.2010. and according to the same, children are usually aged 6-9 and 10-14 years and in somewhat greater percentage are girls. As the most common causes, dysfunctional family, social status and coercion to beggary are being cited.

The data obtained from social welfare centers, Special Report will be added to the data from the police and NGO sector and municipal services of social protection. What the participants in the discussion have especially pointed out as the problem is, that Prijedor, as a municipality that has done very much in a number of issues of solving the situation of Roma, in summer months-June, July and August, is faced with the presence of a greater number of children on street who come from other municipalities, and that the relevant municipal authorities working together have recognized this phenomenon and are successfully repressing it. That is supported by the fact that in the municipality, children - returnees in begging are not registered.

It was particularly emphasized that all Roma children are included in educational system and that the municipality invests a lot in improving the situation of this population and what is very important that there is a very good cooperation between the competent social welfare center, police, schools, NGO sector and the municipality in addressing these issues.