Vietnam should build laws and regulations to further promote the role that social organisations play in preventing and controlling violence against children and child abuse, child rights activists proposed during a policy dialogue in Hanoi on December 10.

They suggested the Justice Ministry consider adding a regulation to allow lawyers from the Vietnam Association for Protection of Children’s Rights (VAPCR) to protect the rights of children, while adding test on children as a special examination to the 2012 law on forensic test. The assessment must be done any time required.

A report at the event showed that as many as 1,000 children in Vietnam suffer from violence and abuse every year. The figure tends to rise among younger children, it said.

A survey by the Vietnam Women’s Union also pointed out that up to 73.9 percent of Vietnamese children aged 2-14 are punished with violence by their parents and caretakers or other family members.

At the same time, 23.7 percent of married women with under 15-year-old children said their husbands committed violence against their children, said the survey.

According to VAPCR Chairwoman Tran Thi Thanh Thanh, over the past years the National Assembly, Government and localities have issued a number of policies and made various programmes and projects to protect children’s rights and address violence and abuse against children.

The actions were supported strongly by associations, unions and social organisations, she noted.

However, violence against children and child abuse remained a pressing problem with growing cases and increasing cruelty, leaving serious physical and mental pains for children, she stated.

The activists stressed that the Ministry of Education and Training should take more measures to strengthen the engagement of school students in detecting, reporting and preventing bullying, violence and abuse against children at schools.

Children’s rights, living and self-protection skills should also be added to school’s curricula, they said.

In addition, the ministry should draw out plans to collaborate with social organisations in the work, they added.-VNA