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Small cabinet meeting on children in two weeks (Chahed)

Published the:  19/03/2019

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(TAP) - Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, on Tuesday, said a small Cabinet meeting on children will be held in two weeks to take steps to improve the situation of integrated centres for youth and children and revise the child protection code.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a visit to the integrated centre of youth and children and El Khadhra district in Tunis, Chahed spoke of the lack of human and material resources suffered by the integrated centres for youth and children. The upcoming cabinet meeting will take a series of measures to improve the situation of these institutions, he pointed out.

He also learnt about the conditions of children’s accommodation and welcomed the efforts made by officers and managers operating in these institutions.

Tunisia has 22 integrated centres, housing 420 boarding children and 267 half-boarding, Senda Laabidi, director of child protection at the Ministry of Women told TAP, pointing out that these centres suffer from lack of child protection executives.

The integrated youth and children's centre in El Khadhra district currently hosts 61 boarding children and 21 half-boarders, said director of the centre, Khelil Khelil, noting that it systematically receives children whom the family judge has ordered to accommodate and other residents whose list is developed in collaboration with the delegate for child protection.

The director of the centre also said the establishment suffers from a lack of workers, calling for the construction of a multidisciplinary room to better organise sports and leisure activities for children.

Improving services provided by integrated centres requires increased budgets for food and clothing, he pointed out.

A plastic art exhibition was organised on the occasion.

During the visit, the Prime Minister was accompanied by Minister of Social Affairs Mohamed Trabelsi and Minister of Women, Family, Children and Senior Affairs Neziha Laabidi