Children taught about participation rights

Illustrative photo (Photo: VNA)

HCM City
– More than 40 children aged from 9 to 14 from south eastern localities
including Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc, Dong Nai and Tay Ninh, were
taught about the participation rights of children at a course in Binh Duong on
June 16.

The course was
held by Department of Child Care and Protection under the Ministry of Labours,
Invalids and Social Affairs in coordination with Binh Duong province, with the
aim of providing basic knowledge for children when joining group activities as
well as how to notice signs of abused children.

The participants were
taught skills to exercise their participation rights, skills in negotiation,
planning and self-protection, among others.

The same day, a
conference took place in Ho Chi Minh City to look for ways to prevent and stop
the abuse and trafficking of children.

According to
statistics of the city’s Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs,
there were 104 cases of child abuse reported in the city during 2016 and the
first half of 2017.

Nguyen Van Tinh,
deputy head of the Child Care and Protection Office under the Department said
that many families of the victims did not report their cases to authorities,
making it more difficult for investigation.

Lawyer Tran Thi
Ngoc Nu stressed the necessity to raise awareness for women, as mothers should
report and calmly gather evidence when there are signs that their children are
victims of abuse.

Participants suggested
that stricter penalty should be imposed on child abuse criminals while law
enforcement agencies should be more flexible in collecting evidence. They also
called for specialised training for female police officers on child abuse

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