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.

Protecting Children from Violence
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The Challenge

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.
UNICEF Viet Nam\Truong Viet Hung

All children have the right to protection from violence, regardless of the nature or severity of the act.

The Solution

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.
UNICEF Viet Nam\Truong Viet Hung

We help families and communities to prevent violence.

Resources

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Do not accept friend requests from strangers Unfriend people you don't trust Make sure that your privacy setting allows only family and friends When in trouble, talk to your parents or a teacher you trust "One click might turn your life upside down." Let's take action so that we can be safer in the digital space.
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The digital world is fascinating and changing constantly giving us varying platforms to communicate and interact. However, there are hidden risks associated when you are online. To protect your privacy on the Internet, follow the steps recommended in the video and remember: Do not disclose/share your personal information publicly and with people you don’t know in real life.
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Tattoos are marks that often represent special memories, but millions of children bear marks they have not chosen - and that will last a lifetime. Physical, sexual and emotional abuse is widespread with millions of children around the world experiencing violence in their homes, schools, online and in their communities. Violence against children is not inevitable. It is possible to break the cycle of violence against boys and girls.
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Violence against children is everywhere but hidden behind closed doors violence and it is costing countries in East Asia and the Pacific around US $209 billion/year, equivalent to 2 percent of their combined GDP. All children have the right to live free from violence that harms their physical and mental growth, and holds back society. Violence against children is entirely preventable when people come together and say that it is not acceptable. When they make the invisible visible.