Recommendations to expand target beneficiaries of the Law on Protection, Care and Education of Children

Grantee Organisation: Centre for Counselling and Supporting Poor Families and Children (CCSPFC)

Project Location: Duong Kinh District, Hai Phong City

Project Duration: Sep 2014 - July 2015


The problem: as many as 500 children are living in temporary and basic accommodation with their parents, who are migrant workers and labourers in Duong Kinh District of Hai Phong City. Despite their difficulties, these children are not entitled to social security and social welfare because they are not categorised as "children with special circumstances" in the 2004 Law on Protection, Care and Education of Children. The law also omitted some child rights under international conventions including rights to form associations, of freedom to faith and religion, free from exploitation in any forms, and free from any work that negatively affects children’ study, thought, health, physical growth etc.

The solution: CCSPFC conducted research that included both a desk review of the law, focusing on Chapter IV - Protection, Care and Education of Children under special circumstances, and a field survey to collect evidence of the problems in the implementation and impacts of the law, allowing migrant children and communities in the district to voice their opinions. Results from the research, collection and analysis of feedback from the children and local people became the basis for recommendations to revise the draft law to be passed at the 11th session of the 13th tenure of the National Assembly.

Change

  • CCSPFC proactively submitted the recommendations for the amendments and supplements of the “Law on Protection, Care and Education of Children” to a number of policy makers, including the National Assembly Delegation of Hai Phong, the Drafting Committee of the Ministry of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA), The NA’s Committee of Culture, Education, Youth, Teenagers and Children, and the Committee for Social Affairs etc. This was the first time CCSPFC had made such recommendations to a law and approached that many policy makers.
  • CCSPFC also raised awareness amongst the children and the community on the rights and entitlements of children and promoted implementation of such rights through improved capacity and effectiveness of the collaboration of community based networks in the protection, care and education of children. The children themselves raised their voices for their rights to the agencies in charge.

"We have received feedback for the Drafting committee and Editorial team of the Law on Protection, Care and Education of Children amendment. We found that the report is highly credible. If the law take into account recommendations from the social organisations in general and CCFPSC, the law will be more feasible. "

 Dang Hoa Nam, Director of the Children Protection and Care Department, MOLISA