|The child protection program for 2016-2020 targets the further improvement of institutions and develop professional services for children protection. — Photo vietnamplus.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — The Prime Minister has approved a child protection programme for 2016-2020, as part of plans to protect children from abuse and those in special circumstances.
The program was established to reduce the rate of children in special circumstances to 5 per cent and offer support to 90 per cent of children in special circumstances so they can integrate into their communities and have access to developmental opportunities.
To realise these goals, communication and education campaigns are needed to raise awareness, knowledge, and skills of local authorities and families to protect children and to improve competence of public servants, staffs and freelancers in charge of child protection.
The new program also seeks to further improve institutions and develop professional services on children protection.
The programme's beneficiaries include children from 16 to under 18 years old, especially those in special circumstances, from ethnic minority groups, and children in disadvantaged areas.
Viet Nam was one of first signatories to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and the second in the world to approve the convention.
The child protection programme for 2011-2015 has seen significant results. The percentage of children in special circumstances fell to 5.6 percent in 2015, from 6 percent in 2011, and 85 percent of children in special circumstances received support to integrate into their communities and access to developmental opportunities. — VNS