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Workshop on Developing National Action Plan for prevention and control of violence and child abuse


On April 18, 2019, the Ministry of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs cooperated with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to organize a workshop on developing a national action plan for the prevention and control of violence and child abuse. Mrs. Nguyen Thi Ha, Deputy Minister of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs; Mr. Dang Hoa Nam, Director of Department Child Affairs; Ms. Lesley Miller, UNICEF Deputy Representative in Vietnam chaired the workshop. Attending the workshop were representatives of ministries, central branches, national and international organizations and experts.

Opening the workshop, Deputy Minister of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thi Ha said that the protection, care and education of children were stipulated in the highest legal documents of the State of Vietnam; Vietnam is also the first country in Asia, the second in the world to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children and in 2019, Vietnam celebrates 30 years of joining the Convention; The 2030 agenda on sustainable development has a content with the multidimensional approach. The Government of Vietnam has issued an action plan to fully implement 17 sustainable development goals of the United Nations, including prevent and significantly reduce children abuse, exploitation, sale and trafficking.
In addition, the Government of Vietnam has committed to resolving the issue of violence and child abuse through the promulgation of a legal system and policies to prevent and stop violence and abuse of children. Many ministries, branches and localities have issued documents to direct and guide the strengthening of prevention and combat of violence and child abuse. National telephone exchange protecting children (hotline 111) has been effective in receiving information, announcing, denouncing acts of violence, child abuse and connection support, intervention for each case.
Specific laws and policies related to child protection, prevention child abuse are still in the process of reviewing, studying and making recommendations. The authorities, professional agencies and mass organizations, social organizations, especially at the local level and grassroots, are not fully awared and concerned about the protection of children;...
Mrs. Lesley Miller, Deputy Chief Representative of UNICEF Vietnam said that children abused made serious consequences for children and the whole society. Children abused seriously affects the physical, cognitive and emotional development of children, causes mental health problems, children at risk of dropping out, poor academic performance,... “Children violence also causes great damage to the society and development of the country. Children violence, particularly in terms of health and health-related behaviors, is $ 209 billion (nearly 2% of GDP) in the Asia Pacific region,” stressed Mrs. Lesley Miller.
Most delegates at the workshop said that the issue of violence and child abuse is a global problem, tends to increase, especially in the context of the internet, social networks are increasingly used by many people. In order to implement Resolution No. 01 / NQ-CP dated January 01st, 2019 of the Government, it is necessary to develop a national action plan to prevent and combat violence and abuse of children.
According to Mr. Dang Hoa Nam, Director of Department of Child Affairs, it is necessary to promote child protection system to end children violence. Recommendations for developing the National Program for children violence are also presented at the Conference, including: Improving the legal framework; Enhance child protection services. In particular, the highest goal of the National Program is to protect children from all forms of abuse and violence. It is required to have specific objectives divided by the immediate period and vision to 2030 in accordance with the programs to achieve the goals of sustainable development; while monitoring and evaluation framework and budget implementation.
At the workshop, international experts shared experiences in regional and international on violence and abuse prevention and combat. The Ministry of Justice also makes recommendations and recommendations on the situation of the Court of Justice and the judicial support system for children who are victims of violence to continue to improve their institutions. The Vietnam Association for the Protection of Children's Rights proposed that the Government provide more specific guidelines for the responsibilities of the Association and the responsibilities of sectors, agencies and organizations to have close coordination among sectors and organizations. In the field of child rights protection, better implementation of the provisions of Article 92, Clause 4 of the Law on Children in 2016 on the role and duties of the Association in participating in coordinating and monitoring children's rights. Representatives of the Ministry of Education and Training and Health also shared about the difficulties and advantages and the involvement of their branches in child protection.
The results of this workshop will contribute to building a mechanism to promote and strengthen coordination among sectors and levels in the prevention and effective prevention of violence and abuse of children; propose and discuss breakthrough solutions to solve current difficulties and challenges in the prevention and control of violence and child abuse to meet the requirements of the prevention and combat of violence and abuse children in the new situation. The content of the plan must have solutions for the plan in the next 5 years and solve the immediate problems related to violence and child abuse.