4. Social Inclusion
The Social Services and Social Assistance Law was adopted in 2002.
Social inclusion aims to provide the persons exposed to poverty risks and social exclusion with opportunities, services and resources that allow them to participate in economic, social and cultural life, as well as improve their living standards and welfare. It aims to ensure one’s access to the person’s fundamental rights and a possibility to participate in the decision-making process. This provision applies to all inhabitants of Latvia including youth and children.
Social inclusion requires education, welfare, economics, regional development, and health sector representatives to work together. The social inclusion success depends on the state and municipal institutions, as well as the non-governmental sector's ability to co-operate and collaborate.
Social inclusion is a competence of the Ministry of Welfare, but if it refers to youth’s social inclusion, it is promoted by the Ministry of Education and Science.