The south central province of Ninh Thuan has carried out a string of activities to promote its child protection and care work as well as help local disadvantaged children integrate into community.

Dang Thi Phan, Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, made the remark at a July 10 symposium aiming to raise public awareness of the work and prevent child physical and mental abuse.

She noted the number of cases of child abuse and violence remains high, attributing it to the insufficient awareness of child protection among families and the society.

The official also blamed the problem on the lack of an efficient childcare service network, adding that the dignity of a group of children is being damaged by the dark side of films and online games.

Le Thi Xua, head of the department’s Child Protection and Care Office, said relevant agencies should expand a child protection model developed by the United Nations Children’s Fund ( UNICEF ) and collaborate to heighten the efficiency of the work.

Participants also underscored the need to build amusement parks for children, especially those living in remote and mountainous areas, in order to create safe playgrounds for them.-VNA