Save The Children Romania publishes survey of ‘vulnerable families’

Save The Children Romania publishes survey of 'vulnerable families'
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A survey carried out by the Romanian branch of the Save the Children charity showed that 95% of ‘vulnerable families’ in the country are unable to cover the basic needs of their children, a situation that has been worsened by the economic crisis currently facing the nation. 

The survey was held in the run-up to the International Day of the Rights of the Child and demonstrates the deep challenges that exist in trying to prevent children from having to suffer the impacts of the economic crisis, with 98% of families surveyed saying that their household expenses have increased in the last year. 

Furthemore, 96% of vulnerable families say that they rely on some type of government social support in order to help survive financially, with 1 in 10 having this support as their only source of income. In terms of the expectations from these families about how they will manage to survive the current economic challenges, most respondents said they were more hopeful that they would get help from non-state actors, such as the Church or NGOS, than from a specific scheme set up by the government. 

According to official Eurostat data, in 2021, 1,508,000 children in Romania (41.5%) are at risk of poverty or social exclusion.

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