Review of national plan to develop professional social work

Decision 32/2010/QĐ-TTg Concerning National Plan 32 to Develop Professional Social Work

Review of national plan to develop professional social work
UNICEF Viet Nam\Truong Viet Hung


In 2010 the Prime Minister of Vietnam issued Decision 32/2010/QĐ-TTg, to begin the process to create professional social work within the government social welfare system. The Decision put in place a National Plan, with goal that between 2010 and 2020 social work should be recognised as a profession in Vietnam and that a system for delivering social work services should be created at provincial, district and commune levels.

This review examines the progress of the implementation of National Plan 32 in the period 2010-2013. It examines the steps that have been taken so far to develop social work services, looking at the both gains and the challenges in this first phase of the implementation. The review has been conducted by collecting information at national level and from three different parts of the country to examine provincial, district and commune level activities. The northern, central and southern regions were all considered by focusing on the provinces of Quang Ninh, Thanh Hoa and Dong Thap, with particular emphasis on the development of Social Work Services Centres. 

In addition to examining the provincial level service developments, in each province a district and a commune were also visited. At every level the review process included all possible stakeholders. While the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) has primary responsibility for implementing the National Plan, and though this the Departments of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (DOLISA), the areas of health, education and training, culture, law and justice, police and public security, as well as mass organizations were also included. Where relevant and appropriate some civil society organizations were also interviewed. Thus a national picture of current progress in the development of professional social work has been obtained.

This report presents an analysis and discussion of the information obtained about the present stage of development of professional social work and concludes with recommendations for the next phase of the implementation of the National Plan.

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