ChildFund Improving Child Protection System

The Department of Child Affairs has collaborated with ChildFund Vietnam to strengthen child protection practice in Vietnam.

At the signing ceremony. Source: ChildFund

ChildFund Vietnam in collaboration with the Department of Child Affairs under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) on Jan. 27 organized the Launching workshop for the project “Strengthening child protection system effectiveness”.

With USD 530,000 of funding from ChildFund Australia, ChildFund Korea and Hanwha Life, the project, which runs from 2021 to 2024, is expected to strengthen and improve the quality of the child protection system, ensuring that boys and girls, parents and caregivers have access to quality support services under government coordination that meets child protection needs in Vietnam.

Attending the workshop were Dang Hoa Nam, director of the Department of Child Affairs and Nguyen Thi Bich Lien, country director of ChildFund Vietnam, along with delegates from the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and other Government agencies and international organisations related to child protection work in Vietnam.

A strengthened protection system and zero tolerance to violence are required to better protect children, said Rana Flowers, UNICEF Representative to Vietnam.

The rising accounts of abuse of children, even greater during Covid-19 lockdowns, signal an urgent need for a strengthened approach.

A strengthened protection system for women and children is urgently needed in Vietnam, a system that is staffed by trained social workers, not volunteers, not non-trained welfare workers but qualified professional staff who can identify, intervene, respond and protect.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc last January signed off a national action programme for children for 2021 - 2030, aiming to ensure children’s rights and their all-around development and create a safe, healthy, and friendly living environment for them.

Reports from the Department of Child Affairs showed that after nearly 16 years of operating hotline 111, the department has received over 4 million calls to discuss issues related to children.