In 2010, Vietnam acquired the status of "middle-income country". Indeed, it is gradually getting closer to the Millenium Development Goals. However, many people are still not profiting from this development, and social inequalities keep rising. Because of that, children are more likely to risk mistreatment, abandonment, abuses and exploitation.
Nowadays, nearly 20% of the Vietnamese children still have bad living conditions and the country’s social actors face difficulties in their fight against these social and psychological challenges. . Vietnam lacks professional social workers and many actors already on duty lack a proper formation or practical experiences to accompany the most vulnerable populations. In addition, the already existing childhood protection services are often isolated, poorly regulated and therefore have trouble ensuring in an efficient way the children’s protection.
Facing these problems, the local authorities in Ho-Chi-Minh-City defined an action plan in childhood protection. This plan aims at facilitating the access to information and advice for vulnerable families thanks to the implementation of bridging councils located in the very center of the communities. Despite this strong political will, local actors still lack experience and means in the implementation of their program.