Carmen Zammit, the Commissioner for Children, in presenting its annual report for the year 2007 to the Committee for Social Affairs showed her concern over children whose parents are filing for separation in courts.
The work done by her Office included the children manifesto, public awareness on children rights, education, website and children who live in residential care. In answering a question raised by Edwin Vassallo, chairman of the Committee for Social Affairs to the House of Representatives, on what are her greatest preoccupations, she saw in anxiety and trauma on children whose parents are filing for separation in courts as the most troubling.
In the meantime, Edwin Vassallo explained that a preparatory meeting was scheduled with Carmen Zammit to tackle the pending issues that come out from the 2007 Annual report. These include, the lack of a national structure and a national policy on children, the incorporation of the Convention on the rights of the child in the Maltese legislature, the Act on the Child, the courts, education and sports, health, body piercing, the selling of alcohol to minors, social marginalization and measures to strengthen the family.
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