At the ceremony. (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA)-A ceremony highlighting social work development in Vietnam took place in Hanoi on November 11.

According to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Vietnam has to date established 408 social welfare facilities in public and private sectors, as well as 76 educational and training facilities. A network of 80,000 social workers nationwide has helped people in disadvantaged circumstances access welfare services.

At the function, Jesper Moller, Acting Representative of UNICEF in Vietnam, said the country has made significant progress in developing social work, with the occupation included in bachelor programmes at several universities since 2014.

Meanwhile, a relevant national project from 2010-2020 reflects the Government’s determination in response to the need of vulnerable groups, noted Moller.

He went on to underscore UNICEF’s willingness to assist Vietnam’s efforts on the subject.

Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan said the national project’s implementation over the past five years has resulted in adjustments in the welfare policy towards increasing assistance for needy citizens and greater community engagement in charity programmes.

She emphasised that social work is a major factor in ensuring social security and sustainable development, thus it is also a key content in the nation’s development strategy.

The Vice President proposed boosting communications campaigns, expanding the network of social workers, and completing relevant legal framework, among others, in order to enhance the effectiveness of social work.-VNA