Katalin Novák, Minister of State for Family, Youth and International Affairs, shared some details about the new child protection strategy in Hungary, which mainly focuses on the dangers of the digital environment. The minister was invited to a round-table discussion by the Single Parents’ Center on the occasion of Child Rights Day. Child Rights Day was first held on the 20 November 1989, when the convention on children rights was adopted by the UN.
Katalin Novák emphasized that, as in the last couple of years new dangers have occurred in the digital era which might threaten the rights of children and youth, the new strategy is essential. Improving the adoption system and strengthening the network of foster families are also part of the new strategy.
The minister also claimed that financial support, local NGOs and religious communities play a fundamental role in supporting children and protecting their rights. According to Novák, ‘every child has the right to grow up in a loving family and community. However, when this kind of right is violated, then we have to find a solution to protect the children’.