Vietnamese children believe they should have a say in the country’s laws on child protection, care and education, according to the results of an opinion poll.

The information was released at a seminar in Hanoi on May 9 held by the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and the National Assembly’s Committee on Culture, Education, Youth and Children.

More than 34,000 children, aged from 6 to 18, participated in the biggest ever survey, giving their opinions on the draft amendments to the Law on Protection, Care and Education of Children.

The revised law should set out regulations to take into consideration the opinions and voices of children when compiling and promulgating other legal documents and policies relating to children, according to the survey.

Regarding the formation of a Children Forum, about 90 percent of children questioned demonstrated their wish to join the forum, acknowledging the benefits of being heard and sharing their opinions and aspirations.

It is suggested that the forum should be held every year and reach out to children of all walks of life.

The survey was conducted from July 15 to September 15, 2012.

Vietnam is one of the first countries to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The country promulgated the Law on Protection, Care and Education of Children in 2004. However, an array of new issues have emerged during the implementation of the law, prompting the need for revisions to create a solid and advanced legal corridor for child protection and care.-VNA