THERE is a growing need to examine children's status in Fiji in light of the systems that are mandated to account for policies, programs and structures that promote them.
And the Ministry of Social Welfare says this includes systems of care that promote children's well-being in the home, communities and society in general.
Social Welfare permanent secretary Govind Sami said Fiji was committed to the positive development of children and youth.
Mr Sami said the National Roadmap to Democracy and Sustainable Socio-Economic Development (RDSSED) 2009-2014 articulated this commitment that enabled various ministries and department to promote awareness on the protection of these young citizens.
"Those who have been following children's issues will know that an observed trend in child services administration is the focus and commitment to children shifting from specific children's issues to addressing systems of protection that there are throughout the community," he said.
"Under-estimating the real needs of children can be detrimental to children and their families.
"Fijian government is committed to developing further the structures so that there is a more inclusive environment provided for children."
Mr Sami said the public would need to collaborate their efforts in protecting children and their future.