Protecting Children from Violence
UNICEF works with partners to prevent and respond to violence against children. We aim to reduce violence at home, at school, in the community and online.
Children should feel safe at home, in school and in their communities. Yet, violent discipline is still widespread in Viet Nam with 68.4 per cent of children aged 1-14 having reported experiencing some form of violence in the home by their parents or caregivers. In many families, violence is used as a means to establish male hierarchies and reinforce masculinity. Such behaviour is influenced by parents’ financial security, level of education and issues such as alcohol or drug abuse.
With violent discipline still a socially accepted norm, children remain especially vulnerable when they have limited understanding of their rights to speak out and seek help when violence occurs. All children have the right to protection from violence, regardless of the nature or severity of the act and all forms of violence can cause harm to children, reduce their sense of self-worth, affront their dignity and hinder their development.
All children have the right to protection from violence, regardless of the nature or severity of the act.
Prevention and responding to violence against children is an important aspect of UNICEF’s work to strengthen Viet Nam’s child protection system. Through playing leading roles in legal reforms and child protection system development, UNICEF is making key contributions to address all forms of violence against children in daily settings - such as schools, homes and communities - and across the education, health and welfare sectors.
A key area of our work to eliminate all forms of violence against children is building on the new Child Law that came into effect in 2017. This ground-breaking law spells out the responsibility of government to allocate resources for children at risk and introduces for the first time an approach that takes aim at preventing violence against children before it happens and responding to violence when it happens. UNICEF is working with relevant government departments and provincial authorities to build a child protection system that responds to the multiple causes and forms of violence.
Strengthening the capacity and resilience of parents and caregivers to end violent discipline in the home is a crucial UNICEF focus and involves development of parenting education and delivery of social care services to support families to address factors that lead to violence against children. Parents and caregivers are also being supported to offer the stimulation and protection from violence to help children to make a safe transition to kindergarten and primary school.
We help families and communities to prevent violence.