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Document Typology: Web Article
Methodology addressed by the publication:Narrative medicine
Title of document: Law in social assistance services
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Language of the publication: Romanian
Language of the review: English
In 2001 Romania has made the biggest step in creating a legislative and institutional coherence by adopting the law no.705/2001 regarding the national social assistance reform. In 2006, the new Framework Law no. 47/2006 for national social assistance system, promotes action to strengthen social cohesion by promoting solidarity within communities for the most vulnerable people.
The designated institutions promotes the rights of family, children, elderly, disabled and other persons who need financially and technically support, because social programs aimed at these categories.
The national social assistance system in Romania needs to be based on objectives that can ensure its coherent and efficient operation, such as preventing and combating discrimination and marginalization trends of certain categories of population and individuals or intensification and development of social partnership as a mean of control and efficiency of the support measures for people and families in need.
The materialization of these objectives is achieved through two types of social assistance, social forecasting and current social assistance.
For social forecasting, the specialized departments are the Ministry of Labour and Social Solidarity, which have the following main activities: providing the legal, institutional and administrative framework for policy making in the field, establishing intervention mechanisms for supporting the disadvantaged - families in need, children, elderly, disabled and chronically ill, etc..
Current social assistance, which is done by specialist departments of the divisions of labor and social solidarity in collaboration with municipalities refers to: identify families, the members of the families and single persons who are in a situation of social risk, material aid in cash or in kind, according to regulations, on request, to persons who are entitled, assisting in homes for chronically ill, persons with disabilities and older people without support.
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The article focuses on the Romanian legislation in the field of social assistance, the institution involved in law enforcement and also the types of social assistance: social forecasting and current social assistance.
Strengthening social assistance will eventually lead to improvement of the quality of life, combating social exclusion and to a better health of the population.
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