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Thanh Hoa (VNA) –
Children were provided with essential skills to protect themselves from violence, sexual abuse, labour exploitation and accidents at a children forum held in the central province of Thanh Hoa on July 7.

The 6th Thanh Hoa Children Forum, jointly held by the provincial Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and the World Vision Vietnam, drew the participation of local leaders and 80 children from Thanh Hoa city and seven districts.

At the forum, children voiced their hope to live in a safe and friendly environment that promotes the comprehensive development of both physical and mental health. They had opportunities to discuss with leaders of relevant agencies effective measures to enhance health care and education for children and especially prevent children from violence and sexual abuse.

Participating children were also equipped with self-protection skills to deal with any emergencies.

In response to recommendations by local children at the event, Thanh Hoa authorities promised to continue realising the action programme for HIV/AIDS children in the 2012-2020 period and another programme for children affected by HIV/AIDS.

They will carry out comprehensive child protection programmes and encourage the engagement of children in activities against accidents and child labour in 2016-2020.-VNA