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CNCC event promotes child protection

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Vong Sauth disseminates information at the event for the National Policy on Child Protection System at the Ministry of Social Affairs. KT/Khem Sovannara

An event to promote the new national policy on Child Protection System was held yesterday by the General Secretariat of the Cambodian National Council for Children (CNCC), ChildFund and Plan International Cambodia.

Vong Sauth, Minister of Social Affairs and also chairman of the CNCC, said: “The implementation of the National Child Protection System will take place between 2019 and 2028 and during this time, we want to strengthen and ensureCambodian children will have equal access to opportunities, are protected and are equipped with the resources to develop this country.”

The implementation of the national child protection system focuses on child protection practices at the sub-national level, in a bid to enforce more active and effective child protection services in communities.

The system aims to benefit children in a number of ways, including through rehabilitation services, consultation, integration, monitoring, protection, harm prevention and by providing emergency assistance.

The National Child Protection System also aims to strengthen existing programmes, procedures and mechanisms to address the issues children face and outlines a minimum social service package for children and families affected by disasters.

Secretary-general of the CNCC Nhep Sopheap said the policy not only demonstrates the government’s effort to enhance children’s rights but also addresses the current issues regarding child abuse and exploitation in Cambodia.

Country director of Plan International Cambodia Gwynneth Wong and ChildFund Cambodia country director Prashant Verma both applauded the policy, saying it was a positive step for child protection in the Kingdom.

All activities will be carried out in the national policy framework in accordance with frameworks, institutions and stakeholders.

 

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