the 5th national Children’s forum – dialogue session about the prevention of child abuse between children and representatives of ministries, agencies, Organizations

The dialogue session took place in the morning of 26/08 at Tay Ho Mansion, No. 8, Dang Thai Mai, Tay Ho, Hanoi. At the event, 4 groups of children participated in the presentation about discussion results and were engaged in the dialogue regarding 4 main contents of the discussion with representatives of leaders of Ministries, Agencies, Organizations.

4 main content points including:

– Children and the issues of prevention of child violence.
– Children and the issues of prevention of child sexual abuse and child marriages.
– Children and the issues of prevention and elimination of child labor.
– Children and the issues of prevention of child violence and child abuse in network environment.

The dialogue session received more than 30 questions regarding these contents from the children attending the Forum this year; They are interested in new measures to prevent child violence as several measures were put into practice but so far this issue has not been resolved; They want to know which measures should be taken to protect homeless street children who are bullied, threatened, have to suffer from violence and do not know who to lean on.

Should the authorities take action to change existing perceptions of many families that “Spare the rod, spoil the child”? Or by which means can we introduce life skills education into kindergartens and elementary schools so that children can enhance their life skills to protect themselves from violence? By which means can we distinguish adults from children accessing the Internet to provide relevant information? As there are many websites that contain inappropriate information and video for children at present.
Which measures should be taken to protect children from being abused in tourism service as children are being used, particularly for trafficking and sexual abuse in tourism activities?

Referring to the current situation of problems that Vietnamese children are facing, Representative of United Nations Children’s Fund highlighted: “Viet Nam is becoming a middle-income country and it is a fact to be proud of. However, this position is being threatened because of problems that children are facing. There are evidences that violence has long term effects on children as it hinders their ability to learn and communicate as well as affects the transition from childhood to next stages in children’s life. These long-term effects will influence the economic development of the country; reduce the quality of labor force and thus affect the overall development of a country over the generations”

At the Forum, Mr. Dang Hoa Nam – Director General of Department of Children Affairs also presented the report “Summarizing the results of the implementation of children recommendations at the 4th National Children’s Forum in 2015 with the theme “Listen to Children”.

The 5th National Children’s Forum 2017 with the theme “ Children and the issues of prevention of violence and child abuse” was held from 23 to 26/8/2017 in Ha Noi. The Forum was co-chaired by the Ministry of Labour – Invalids and Social Affairs, the National Assembly’s Committee for Culture, Education, Youth, Adolescence and Children and the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union with the collaboration of these Ministries, Agencies, Organizations: UNICEF, ILO, Save the Children, PLAN, World Vision, ChildFund, CBM, Vietnam Association for the Protection of Children’s Rights, and Center for Management Research and Sustainable Development.

200 children from 9 to 16 years old representing children from 48 provinces, cities, SOS Children’s Villages and the Thuy An Center for Rehabilitation of the Disabled are selected by localities and to attend National Children’s Forum.