1.5 Cross-sectoral approach with other ministries
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In Latvia, different line ministries offer different welfare and social services for young people within their field of competence via the agencies and institutions assigned to them. The main actors and their competencies are:
The Ministry of Welfare develops youth-friendly state policies in the sphere of social services and social assistance, oversees their implementation and ensures support to unemployed young people and job seekers by organizing active employment activities.
The Ministry of Justice is the leading state administration institution covering legal issues. It coordinates the public registers, the state policy on the penal system and criminal punishment, and the implementation of these policies. The State Probation Service is subordinate to the Ministry of Justice, and it organizes forced labour and public work for minors, as well as assistance to the youth after they have served their sentence.
The Ministry of Health organizes health care for the youth and promotes the development of a youth-friendly health care service.