NL-0015-2024

Social Plan for the Family


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​Ministry:

Ministry For Social Policy and Children’s Rights

​Entity:

Ministry For Social Policy and Children’s Rights

​Published:

15/05/2024

​Running Till:

28/06/2024

​Last Updated:

15/05/2024




The proposed Social Plan for the Families is a dedicated response to the diverse and evolving needs of our society, with a particular focus on families facing significant challenges.  The overarching objective of the Plan is to empower families and elevate their overall quality of life.
The intricate fabric of family life, shaped by diverse sectors, policies, and circumstances, renders the creation of a singular plan addressing ‘all’ nuanced factors unrealistic.  Nevertheless, cognisant of the shifting landscape of societal demands and the impact of international influences, Government considers timely to devise a Plan to provide comprehensive support tailored to unique circumstances. This proposed Social Plan seeks to not only address immediate gaps and obstacles but also foster sustainable improvements in the well-being of families across varied situations. 
The development of the proposed Social Plan for the Families involved thorough research and consultations to understand Malta's current context and future family challenges. After a pre-consultation event that engaged stakeholders to identify key issues, the Ministry for Social Policy and Children’s Rights further followed through a number of bilateral consultations with government entities and main stakeholders. These efforts aimed to gather insights and expertise to inform comprehensive interventions. The feedback from these discussions shaped the drafting of the Consultation Document for the Social Plan. The ongoing public consultation process will further refine and strengthen the plan based on continued input from stakeholders.
Through a combination of targeted measures and strategic initiatives, this Plan seeks to create an environment where families can thrive, overcome obstacles, and flourish within their communities. Accordingly, the proposed Social Plan for the Families focuses on four main priorities: 

  1. In the pursuit of Social Justice for Families in disadvantaged situations, this proposed Social Plan emphasises the imperative of addressing social inequalities to enhance well-being. By extending comprehensive support and services to disadvantaged families, recognising unique needs, and empowering groups within society, the plan aims to foster inclusivity and belonging. It advocates for equal opportunities through investment in education, employment, and social services, while also highlighting the significant role of community support. Targeted interventions, early intervention strategies, and evidence-based policymaking are key pillars in creating a just and equitable society where every family has the chance to thrive, overcoming adversity and breaking cycles of disadvantage.

 

  1. Healthy family relationships form the bedrock of individual and societal well-being. Recognising the challenges of modern life, the plan seeks to create a positive family environment by promoting a balance between work and family life, enhancing family assistance services, and fostering understanding in partner relationships. Through initiatives that empower individuals with moral values, cultural inclusivity, and dedicated spaces for quality time, families can nurture strong connections, resilience, and well-being across the life course.

 

  1. Empowering families with essential basic Skills and Knowledge is paramount for their resilience and success in navigating the complexities of modern life. The proposed Social Plan for the Families aims to prioritise the development of fundamental abilities, enabling families to effectively manage challenges and seize opportunities. By focusing on areas such as effective parenting skills, life skills, digital literacy, and financial management, the plan lays the groundwork for a transition towards a knowledge-based society.

 

  1. Malta's low fertility rates present a multifaceted challenge influenced by evolving societal norms and economic dynamics. To address this issue, the proposed Social Plan for the Families aims to adopt a comprehensive approach. Prioritising family-friendly workplace policies, affordable housing solutions, and economic stability initiatives, Malta seeks to create an environment conducive to family formation. Education and awareness programs will also empower individuals with the tools to make informed decisions about family planning and parenthood.
     

To ensure the effective implementation and monitoring of the Social Plan, a High-Level Group for Implementation and Monitoring will be established. This group will develop a comprehensive monitoring framework with quantitative indicators and timelines for each initiative, supplemented by qualitative assessments through surveys and stakeholder feedback. Transparency and accountability will be ensured through regular public reports and feedback mechanisms, fostering continuous learning and adaptation to meet the evolving needs of families and communities.
The proposed Social Plan for the Families requires a collaborative effort between Government and civil society to foster a society where all families can prosper. Success relies on the collective responsibility of every individual, Ministry, entity, and community to actively support and implement the initiatives outlined in the plan. 
The proposed Social Plan for the Families represents more than just a collection of policies; it serves as a roadmap towards a shared vision of enduring positive change, safeguarding that no family is left behind.   The expected outcome is to cultivate an environment where families are empowered to thrive.
 
Hereunder please find a link to the policy for consultation:

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