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Social workers to be officially recognised - Viet Nam News

HA NOI - The Government has approved the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affair's project to officially classify social work as a profession.

Social work, which as a profession has been in existence for more than a hundred years in the West, involves supporting vulnerable individuals, families, groups and communities, such as abused children.

To promote the profession, a budget of VND2.347 trillion (US$130 million) has been allocated to train staff until 2020.

By 2015, the ministry hopes to increase the existing number of "care-in-the-community" workers by 10 per cent. Each commune or ward will have at least one part-time social worker, who will earn the minimum salary paid to a full-time civil servant.

By 2020, the ministry hopes to double the current number of "social workers" in the country.

During this period, 60,000 staff, who currently perform similar duties of a social worker, will be retrained.

(Viet Nam News p1&6 - April 3)



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