Sunday, April 19, 2015
NO DCPO: B’NGIR CHILD PROTECTION GOES HAYWIRE Monday, 20 April 2015 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
NO DCPO: B’NGIR CHILD PROTECTION GOES HAYWIRE
Monday, 20 April 2015 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
The growing incidence of child rights violation in childcare institutions have raised questions on the proper implementation of the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) in the State. This was observed by speakers participating in a one- day consultation organised by Palli Alok Pathagar in collaboration with the Coalition for Child Rights Protection (CCRP), CRY and Kolkata Initiative here. The non appointment of a full time District Child Protection Officer (DCPO), who is the nodal officer of the district to address child protection issues for last three years, makes the children of Balangir district more vulnerable to abuse, exploitation and deprivation of standard care, observed the speakers.
CWC member of Balangir SP Singh urged the childcare institutions to maintain proper documentation of the children to ensure model care for children and Harihar Naik of CCRP explained various Government provisions for standard care and other child protection mechanisms. Naik also focused on the non-institutional care services for the children under the framework of the ICPS and Juvenile Justice System. There are many proactive measures taken by the Government for the best interest of the children, but due to lack of administrative will and ignorance of the childcare institutions on these provisions, protection issues of children go haywire. Another key neglect area is the foster care, sponsorship, non institutional care and adoption of the children. These areas need to be strengthened, felt Naik.
This consultation also discussed the issues of child sexual abuse, exploitation and labour in the district. An action plan was developed to take the issue at the State level and create a public opinion for child protection, informed PAP secretary Prashant Nayak. Eminent educationists, lawyers, PRI members, civil society organisations and childcare institutions participated.