Illustrative photo (Source: VNA)

Long An (VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long on June 8 held a children’s forum 2017 to discuss the prevention of violence against children and children abuse.

Participants at the forum focused on the protection of children in the Internet environment; the prevention of violence against children; the avoidance of children abuse; and the prevention of accidents and injuries on children.

The event created a chance for children to directly dialogue with provincial department and agency leaders on the issues of children sexual abuse, violence at school, swimming lessons for children, and playing grounds for street children.

Addressing the forum, Nguyen Thi Bach Hue, Vice Director of the provincial Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs said that the event aims to give opportunities for local children to raise their voice, viewpoints and aspirations and ideas on children’s rights and issues of their concern.

The opinions will serve as references for provincial authorities to design proper policies for better observation of children’s rights, contributing to minimizing the number of abused children and violence against them, ensuring that all children enjoy a safe and healthy environment for their optimal and comprehensive development, she said.

Along with discussions and dialogue, participants also visited the local Martyrs’ Cemetery and a number of historical relic sites in the province.-VNA