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Hanoi (VNA) – Social organisations and the Vietnam Association for Protection of Children’s Rights (VAPCR) should promote their role in protecting children from violence and sexual abuse, heard a forum in Hanoi on December 21.

The event was jointly held by the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs, the Vietnam Association for Protection of Children’s Rights (VAPCR), and the Child Rights Protection Network (CRnet).

Participants shared difficulties and shortcomings in caring for and protecting children, including limited public awareness and prolonged proceeding legal procedures in child abuse cases.

Nguyen Thi Tuyet Mai, head of the Family and Society Division under the Vietnam Women's Union, said there is no specific guidance from relevant agencies on the scope, frequency and content of supervision on child-related issues, which makes socio-political organisations fail to take the initiative in addressing cases.

Nguyen Phuong Linh, Director of the Research Centre for Management and Sustainable Development (MSD), said social organisations are meeting a lot of difficulties in providing child care services and legal assistance as well as supervising the implementation of international conventions and domestic laws in the field.

Le Manh Hung, Deputy Director of the Students' Affairs Department under the Ministry of Education and Training, suggested building a coordination programme between social organisations and VAPCR, and organising training courses and workshops to disseminate child-related legal documents.

Sharing this viewpoint, VAPCR Vice President Dinh Thi Hong said the inspection and supervision of child rights implementation and prevention of violence against children at schools should be conducted suddenly.

Relevant agencies should focus on disseminating legal knowledge and self-protection skills for children to prevent violence and abuse, she suggested.

At the forum, the VAPCR put forth eight proposals to submit to State-run management agencies, including the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Public Security, the Supreme People’s Court, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education and Training, in order to complete policies and legal regulations on enhancing the role of social organisations and the involvement of lawyers in preventing and strictly handling child sexual abuse and violence cases.-VNA