This study aims at analysing the social and legal system for family and child protection in Romania, starting from its adherence to international standards and principles to the actual protective measures set out in the domestic legislation. The purpose of this analysis is to establish the social and legal framework for conducting empirical research, i.e. mapping the social services available in four counties from the Moldavia region: Bacau, Iasi, Suceava and Vaslui, with a view to defining the target group of children who are in a position of having one or both parents in prison. This purpose falls within the scope of the programme entitled ‘Children of Prisoners, Interventions & Mitigations to Strengthen Mental Health’ (COPING), which aims at identifying social-affective health issues in these children, providing an assessment of their mental health. In this context, the present study outlines the Romanian social and legal framework both in terms of social protection and the promotion of children’s rights, and in terms of the sentence planning process and post-penal assistance. The analysis concludes that, from a prospective point of view, Romania offers the social and legal premises for the organisation and operation of specialised psychosocial servicies targeted at children whose parents serve custodial sentences.


Social protection; social policies; legislative reform; social services targeted at children; parents under custody; sentence planning; post-penal assistance.


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