Child Right Governance

FAST FACT

  • Theme: Child Rights Governance
  • Portfolio: 2,994,263 USD (from 2015 - 2021)
  • Key donors: SIDA, EC, FRI
  • Local Partners: Vietnam Association for Protection of Children Rights (VACR), Center for Management and Sustainable Development (MSD), Center for Rural Development in Central Vietnam (CRD), LIN Center for Community Development (LIN), Yen Bai Center for Sustainable Development of Mountainous Communities (SUDECOM), Youth Union of Van Chan District, Faculty of Social Work, University of Social Sciences and Humanity, ICS Center, LGBT Youth Groups in communityVietPride and other related agencies
  • Locations: Yen Bai, Hanoi, Hue, HCMC and other provinces
  • Key beneficiaries: Deprived children including urban children and youth who are most at risk of abuse and out of the system, Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT), and victims of gender based violence/bullying and PHP. Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Community-based Organizations (CBOs), local Non-Government Organization (LNGOs) are identified as strategic partners. More than 2,500 children (age from 11-16), including ethnic minority children, and 4,500 family members. 600 street youth and children, including LGBT street children and youth and 2,500 school children in HCMC and Can Tho City. In addition, it will help support the capacity building of at least 5 CSOs and institutional partners. Parents and children from 0-18 years of ages in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Hue and other provinces

Since Vietnam ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in 1990, the key milestone in implementation of Children Rights was achieved. However, the development process has brought along new and more problematic issues, which requires improvements in the legal framework and policies for child protection systems and child rights monitoring. Serious challenges limit the implementation of the Rights of the Child, including the lack of an effective mechanism for law enforcement, inadequate public awareness and knowledge levels of child rights as well ineffective practical implementation on the ground. Thus, there is a need for close cooperation among various sectors and organizations, aiming at effective functioning of every stakeholder in implementing child rights as stated in the CRC. Our work is to strengthen the capacity of CSOs and connect them with other stakeholders in protecting and promoting the implementation of Child Rights with equality, non-discrimination and child participation.

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

Advocate for realization of child rights for Every Last Child and support the monitoring of the implementation of UN Convention on Child Rights by building the capacity for CSOs to participate in the process.

STRATEGIC APPROACHES

Our Common Approach is Child Rights Reporting that ensures governments keep their promises to children (Monitoring and Demanding Child Rights). It is a process that children and CSOs can use to analyze, document and report violations of children’s rights in their country using international and regional accountability mechanisms. It gives them the opportunity to ‘speak out’ where states have failed their children and offer recommendations on what needs to change. Child Rights Reporting ultimately helps children and CSOs shape the child rights agenda in countries.

Child Rights Reporting is an ongoing process with activities before, during and after a country is up for a review by either the CRC or UPR. Save the Children engages in every stage of the cycle so that advocacy opportunities are not missed and there is persistent and sustained pressure on governments to meet their obligations to children.

By engaging with children and civil society partners and by influencing global reporting mechanisms, Save the Children has brought about real and lasting change for children’s rights in a number of countries. In many cases, children were directly involved in these achievements.

DELIVERABLES

  • Save the Children worked closely with CSOs to empower and strengthen their confidence for constructive dialogues with the government. The organization also took the role of coordinating and enhancing existing child right networks at local, provincial and national levels to increasingly become inclusive and better prepared to take actions regarding child rights issues.
  • Capacity building for local CSOs and CRG networks in 3 regions of Vietnam with trainings on CRC monitoring and reporting mechanism. There are increased numbers of CSOs, including the ones from remote and mountainous areas, involved in monitoring of child rights and consulted on child rights issues.
  • Training for more than 200 members of CSOs, community leaders and school management, teachers and students’ parents on children’s rights, skills for working with children, quality education for ethnic minority students, children related policy research, analysis and advocacy.
  • Children management committees (CMC) and children clubs in 10 lower secondary schools were established. 553 students received training on children’s rights, communication skills and leadership skills. Extra-curriculum activities were organized to promote the children’s rights.
  • Empowering LGBT children and youth through the capacity building of LGBT groups, professional social workers, professional government agencies and mass organizations to provide services and support for this population;
  • Intensify the public campaign promoting LGBT rights and reducing stigma to prevent mistreatment, discrimination and psychological distress among LGBT children and youth; Advocacy for recognition of LGBT groups within the community, mainstreaming of LGBT issues in relevant government policies and programs.

LESSONS LEARNED

  • CSOs need technical and financial support to enhance their capacity and position that enable them to fulfil their duties in monitoring the children’s right implementation and raising children’s voice to relevant decision makers.
  • Strengthening partnership between CSOs and government agencies and CRG network (CSOs, CRnet) is one of the key determinants to ensure the implementation of children’s rights.