HANDBOOK SUPPORT IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS FOR STREET CHILDREN AND YOUTH

Currently, in Ho Chi Minh City, there are about 1.8 million children, including nearly 400,000 immigrant children from other provinces, the number of children in deficient condition is about 70,000 students, the number of street children in 2 areas is approximately 1,450 children. No matter the numbers and the living condition are, immigrant children, especially street children, are in a state of vulnerability and have no opportunities to access the full range of social service and social welfare. In particular, street children are considered to be the most vulnerable, the most difficult in the livelihood as well as in ensuring fundamental rights, including the right to have identification documents. Without identification, children have many difficulties in accessing public services and support activities such as school, employment, residence, etc. to be able to integrate social and develop.
To support these special marginalized children and to serve the mission of the organization, Research Centre for Management and Sustainable Development (MSD) has implemented the project “Promote implementation of the right for street children and youth to have identification documents in Ho Chi Minh city ” from January 2014 to December 2014, with the financial support of the Justice Initiatives Facilitation Fund (JIFF) and the coordination of Center of the State Legal Aid, Ho Chi Minh City Department of Justice. The aim of the project is to enhance the implementation of the right to have identification for children and young people in Ho Chi Minh city. 2 specific objectives are included:(1) to strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations to support and advocate the right to have identification documents for street children and youth; and (2) dialogue and advocate to support the right to have identification documents for street children and youth.
In the framework of the project, in order to achieve goals and objectives listed above efficiently, MSD has collaborated with the Center of the State Legal Aid, Ho Chi Minh City Department of Justice to compile ” Handbook support identification for street children and youth”. 3 main parts are included below:
Part 1: The legal basis for ensuring the right to have identification documents of children / youth;
Part 2: The role of state agencies in helping make identification documents;
Part 3: Guidance of doing identification documents processes for street children and youth for social workers.
We hope this book will become an accompany for social organization and social workers support more effectively for street children and youth to implement the right to have identification documents, help them integrate and have opportunities equally in access to public services in life.
To complete the Handbook, we would like to thank Mr. Huynh Tan Dat, deputy director of Center of the State Legal Aid, Ho Chi Minh City Department of Justice, as the editor of the Handbook; thank the staffs of Center of the State Legal Aid, Ho Chi Minh City Department of Justice, colleague organizations, the social workers who contributed ideas and support. We also appreciate Justice Initiatives Facilitation Fund (JIFF) for their technical assistance and financing for the project of MSD, including this Handbook. This is the first compilation with certainly many flaws that should be edited, we respectfully hope to receive your comments to complete a better practical handbook and efficiently support for street children and youth to have their own identification documents.
Ms. Nguyen Phuong Linh
Director of MSD Viet Nam