He said that an action plan for a broad reform was being prepared and that it would be presented in the next few days.
However, certain challenges have accumulated in the system for a long period of time so its reform will also take time and require quality engagement of all stakeholders, he said.
The action plan is comprehensive and detailed, the minister said, adding that no group of beneficiaries or employees would be left out.
“We want a solid and implementable document,” he said, adding that the reform would focus on the beneficiaries of the social welfare system as well as deal with the problem of a shortage of social workers and excessive workload.
An analysis has been made on the shortage of staff in all 83 social welfare centres in the country, he said, adding that the hiring of new staff would start soon.
The action plan also aims to facilitate the process of adoption and putting a child in a foster family, he said.
Commenting on a half-an-hour protest of social workers held earlier in the day, Aladrović said that it was their right and that he did not want to question it.
“But what we expect is the continuation of good cooperation with representatives from the entire system of social care,” he said, expressing confidence that with joint work and implementation of the action plan the system could be improved to the benefit of its users.
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