Vietnam works to create safe, healthy environment for children hinh anh 1Children participate in the Children’s Festival as part of a programme to prevent child sexual abuse (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has approved a target programme on developing a social support system for the 2016-20 period.

The programme is to create a safe, friendly and healthy living environment for kids and reduce the increase in the number of abused children.

Some 10.2 trillion VND (456.2 million USD) will be funded for four projects: developing a social support system for vulnerable people, children protection system, implementation of national gender equality targets, and a system of support services for drug addicts, sex workers and victims of trafficking.

This programme aims to develop and improve the quality of social assistance services for the vulnerable in the direction of international integration and create a safe, friendly and healthy living environment for children, reducing the gender gap in areas, sectors, regions and localities that are witnessing gender inequality or are at high risk of gender inequality.

It also includes improving the quality and effectiveness of drug detoxification programmes, raising public awareness of preventing prostitution and supporting trafficking victims back home to maintain social security and order towards the goals of justice and sustainable socio-economic development.

The programme also strives to raise the rate of non-public social services by 2020 to 55 percent; improve professional qualification and skills training for 30 percent of cadres, civil servants, employees and social collaborators; and reduce the rate of increase in the number of abused children. As many as 80 percent of children in special circumstances will receive support and care to recover and integrate into the community and have opportunities for development.

It plans to support and intervene 90 percent of children at high risk of harm or those who are harmed; and 90 percent of children in special circumstances that are managed and monitored.

At least 70 percent of female deputies of the 14th National Assembly, people’s councils at all levels of the 2016-21 period, female managers and leaders will be equipped with knowledge about gender equality, management skills, leadership and soft skills.

According to the programme, 50 percent of violence victims will have access to support services, 50 percent of those who commit acts of violence or are at risk of violence will be identified and counseled, and 90 percent of drug addicts will be taken into compulsory rehabilitation establishments.

As many as 90 percent of communes and wards will be provided information about the prevention and fight against prostitution and 90 percent of trafficking victims will be identified, counseled, supported and cared for.-VNA