October 11-12, 2017 in Hue City of Vietnam, VNAH and the Ministry of Labor, Invalid and Social Affairs (MOLISA) organized a consultative workshop to discuss the first draft of the social work practice law for Vietnam. The workshop was part of a 5-year project funded by USAID and implemented by VNAH to support the enforcement of disability-related policies, especially the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), and the services for persons with disabilities in Vietnam.
MOLISA, our key project partner, is leading the drafting of the social work practice law, which is expected to promote the development of professional social workers and to improve services for the vulnerable groups in the country. MOLISA estimated that the future social work law will benefit about 28% of population, or around 25 million people, who are the elderly, the disadvantaged children, the persons with disabilities, the poor and others. VNAH has been supporting this law project since 2016, with technical assistance for international research and public consultation, including the workshop organized in Hue.
The consultative workshop in Hue – which was convened by senior officials from the National Assembly and MOLISA, and participated by 130 representatives of government organizations, social work practitioners, NGOs and academia- was for participants to discuss and give inputs to the first draft of the law. Among the highlights were the presentations by the Dean and a professor from South Carolina University in the U.S, and an adjunct professor from the University of New England, Australia, who shared international experience about social work practices, particularly in the U.S and Australia. VNAH has commissioned a social work lecturer from the U.S to conduct a comparative analysis on social work legal framework and practices in several countries, especially the U.S. The research was shared with the workshop and the drafting team. The agencies involved in drafting of the law expected that it will be completed and submitted to the National Assembly for hearing in late 2019 or early 2020.