On July 25th, 2018, the Minister of Labour – Invalids and Social Affairs had a cordial meeting and working session with Mr. Youssouf Abdel – Jelil, Head Representative of UNICEF Vietnam. the two sides focused on sharing, discussing the experience of UNICEF in order to suggest to Vietnam improving the effects in the work of prevention violence against children.
Minister Dao Ngoc Dung affirmed that with the responsibilities of the state management units on the field of child affairs, the Ministry of Labour – Invalids and Social Affairs has consulted the Government to issue the increasingly effective policies, programs on protection and care for children. Vietnam’s Government and MOLISA committed continuously accompany with UNICEF in the programs with the aim at completing the legal framework and policies in the work of implementing children right, especially focusing on fighting against and strictly processing the cases of child sexual abuse.
However, the Minister wanted to listen and share experience with Mr. Youssouf Abdel-Jelil and members of the delegation in order to improve the work of child sexual abuse prevention in Vietnam. Minister Dao Ngoc Dung also suggested that UNICEF could share the assessment about legal framework of Vietnam.
In response to Minister Dao Ngoc Dung, Mr. Youssouf Abdel-Jelil congratulated Viet Nam on the achievements in the fight against violence against children and the recent commitment to addressing this issue. He highlighted the adoption and implementation of the Law on Children Affairs. In the Law on Children Affairs, there is a Chapter on child protection, which provides an important legal framework for the development of the child protection system. The next step is the development of a comprehensive child protection system to prevent and protect all children from all types of violence within the framework of the National Program for the Protection of Children in the period of 2010-2015 and 2016 -2020.
In the meeting, experts from UNICEF shared experiences from different countries, especially in the ASEAN region. In general, child abuse is still a serious issue because of the immediate consequences for children and the long-term implications for each country. Successful countries in the child protection and care are those who have a clear political commitment, investment in prevention, the development of a service system (including the notification system and information tracking system), while concentrating on addressing issues basing on community.
Recognizing the good cooperation between the two sides for the past time, especially in the field of child protection and care, Minister Dao Ngoc Dung said that with the goal of ensuring all children benefit from basic services and social support system to have a healthy and safe environment for children to develop their potentials and contribute to building prosperous Vietnam in the future. The Minister hoped that UNICEF would support and consult to Vietnam about issues related to child protection and care. The Ministry of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs will acquire and study for the most appropriate approach to the recommendations of the Heads representative and members from UNICEF.