Action Month for Children this year will be themed, “For a society without violence and injuries to children” with a launch ceremony to take place on May 29 in the central province of Thanh Hoa.

The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) made the announcement in Hanoi on May 24.

Speaking at the conference, Nguyen Hai Huu, Head of the Department of Children Protection and Care under MOLISA, said during past years, activities for protecting and caring for children have gained many achievements, while attention has been paid to prevention and support for violated children.
However, he said, the situation of child abuse, trafficking and injuries has become a critical issue in society.

This year’s action month aims to call for the engagement of the entire society in protecting children, creating a healthy, safe and violence-free environment for children, helping them reach their full potential, both physically and mentally, he said.

Action Month for Children 2012 will include numerous activities across the country, such as the President’s meeting with outstanding children nationwide on June 1, a MOLISA survey on the law of protection and care for children via the internet and other activities of presenting gifts and free healthcare for poor children nationwide.

Communication activities during the month will also focus on raising awareness on child protection and care among agencies, organisations, communities, schools and also among children themselves.-VNA