The majority of Russians (74%) believe that children’s rights are protected in the country: 19% of them are absolutely sure of this, another 55% say that the rights are “mostly” protected. About it testify VTsIOM survey data.
At the same time, 16% of respondents pointed to the insecurity of children’s rights in Russia. VTsIOM analysts note that the perception of the situation is influenced by the financial situation of Russians, which also implies different levels of opportunity. Thus, respondents with a good financial situation are 1.7 times more likely to positively assess the level of protection of children’s rights (85% versus 49%), other indicators among Russians with a poor financial situation (37% versus 11%).
69% of Russians admitted that they had not personally heard of cases of violation of children’s rights in their locality over the past year; 28% are aware of such cases. According to VTsIOM, such situations are more often familiar to young people under 25 years of age (44%). Urbanization and income also have an impact. In large cities, people more often hear information about violations of children’s rights (Moscow, St. Petersburg – 34%, cities with a population of over a million – 38%, rural areas – 21%). Also, 36% of respondents with a poor financial situation are aware of such cases (versus 23% in the group with a good income).
At the same time, 41% of Russians believe that it is necessary to improve legislation and the work of law enforcement agencies in the field of protecting children’s rights. 29% of citizens say that nothing needs to be changed, and 16% point to the already large number of laws and powers of law enforcement agencies.
Also, the majority of respondents (85%) expressed the opinion that schools should teach children their rights and methods of protection: 42% are sure that this should be done compulsorily, and 43% – voluntary. At the same time, every tenth Russian (10%) believes that this should not be the responsibility of the school.
The survey was conducted on October 15 on the eve of the 21st All-Russian Congress of Commissioners for Children’s Rights in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation. The study involved 1,600 respondents over 18 years of age.
The congress takes place in the Khabarovsk Territory from October 18 to 20. Earlier today, it was opened by the Commissioner for Children’s Rights under the President of the Russian Federation, Maria Lvova-Belova, who read greetings head of state Vladimir Putin.