With a view to reducing the rate of children in special plight to five percent of the country’s total children, the Prime Minister has recently signed a decision approving the children protection program for the 2016-20 period.
The Prime Minister on December 22 signed Decision No. 2361/QD-TTg, approving the child protection program for the 2016-20 period__Photo: VNA
Under Decision No. 2361 dated December 22, the program will also strive to stop child abuse and provide support to 90 percent of children in special plight to help them integrate into communities and get access to development opportunities.
To realize the goals, communication and education campaigns will be carried out to improve the awareness, knowledge and skills of authorities at all levels and organizations, families, schools and communities to protect children, and to build the capacity of civil servants, public employees and freelancers in charge of child protection.
The program also seeks to further improve institutions for child and adolescent protection in criminal and civil proceedings and administrative handling, and to develop professional child protection services.
The program targets children aged between full 16 and under 18 years, especially those in special plight and from ethnic minority groups or living in areas with difficult or extremely difficult socio-economic conditions.
After five years’ implementation, the child protection program for the 2011-2015 period has achieved significant results. The percentage of children in special plight dropped to 5.6 percent in 2015 from 6 percent in 2011, and 85 percent of children in special plight received support to integrate into communities and get access to development opportunities.- (VLLF)