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Dubai to create central database for child protection

Hamdan instructs Community Development Authority to review social benefits policy

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Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad being briefed by Community Development Authority officials about the authority’s various plans.
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Dubai: Dubai will create a central database for child protection to monitor cases of abuse, neglect and violence against children.

The instructions came from Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai.

He issued the directives as part of a number of instructions during a visit to the Community Development Authority headquarters in Dubai on Thursday.

“We also instructed the harmonisation of the efforts of child protection authorities through the creation of a central database in the authority to monitor abuse, exploitation, neglect and violence cases against children to ensure that Dubai is an incubator for the growth and development of children,” Shaikh Hamadan said.

He affirmed that the vision of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, is to ensure the protection and development of society which is vital for the success of a culture and nation.

During the visit, he also issued instructions “to review the Social Benefits Policy to raise the eligibility for benefit-taking families in a cost-effective manner”.

He added: “We are working together to reflect the vision of Shaikh Mohammad to prepare Emirati citizens as unique individuals capable of building families that create education-focused, dynamic and active entities to build a better future for generations to come. Various projects and initiatives have been set for 2018 to ensure that all residents of Dubai are happy and that we harness all possibilities to develop the UAE’s global competitiveness further.”

This year’s government agenda has focused on enhancing the stability and social security of UAE families, he explained, adding that the Community Development Authority has been directed to review current social benefits to ensure that families benefit from these provisions.

He also stressed the importance of raising awareness and enhancing the skills of citizens in financial management and saving, enabling their autonomy and efficient management of their affairs.

Shaikh Hamdan also highlighted the importance of volunteering in building societies and enhancing cohesion among its members. He directed the authority to promote volunteerism as a noble community value rooted in the UAE people and to effectively ensure the involvement of all members of society.