Awareness Programme on Child Rights & Child Protection held for South District

Namchi, 23 Aug (IPR): A daylong coordination meeting cum awareness programme on Child Rights and Child Protection Issues organised by State Child Protection Society (SCPS) and Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS), SJE&WD for all stakeholders of South district was held at Officer’s Club in Namchi today.

Zilla Adhyaksha(South), Mrs. Farwanti Tamang, attended the meeting as chief guest accompanied by Chairperson SCPCR, Mrs. Deekila Bhutia, Additional Secretary cum Director, ICPS, Mr. Dushyant Pariyar, Joint Secretary cum Programme Manager, ICPS, Mrs. Bandana Rai, DCPO (South), ICPS SJE&WD, Ms. Roshnila Gurung, alongside staff and officials of DCPU, SJE&WD, CWC (South), Aaganwadi workers, NGO representatives, Police personnel and various Children’s Home representatives of South district.

Addressing the meeting, chief guest Mrs. Farwanti Tamang lauded the tireless service of the staff of ICPS who help secure the safety of children with a special emphasis on children in need of care and protection, juveniles in conflict or contact with the law and other vulnerable children. She cited the extreme need to protect the children who are the futures of tomorrow. She reflected upon the rising crimes against children and underlined the value of checking crimes against children.

Resource person for the day, DCPO (South), Ms. Roshnila Gurung, presented a PowerPoint presentation wherein she comprehensively explained Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) as a centrally sponsored scheme under Ministry of Women & Child with 90% contribution from the Ministry and 10% from the state to help secure the safety of children, with a special emphasis on children in need of care and protection and juveniles in conflict.

She also brought forth the data related to crime against children in the district which included cases of POCSO, missing children, child labour, run-away children, trafficked children, children who have gone for adoption, children who have been rehabilitated and repatriated and children who have revived sponsorship and aftercare assistance from the ICPU, DCPU SJE&WD.

Legal cum Probation Officer, Mr. Bilal Gurung, spoke about POCSO and elucidated that the Act has been established to protect children against offences like sexual abuse, sexual harassment and pornography. He further informed that the act was formed to provide a child-friendly system for trial underneath which the perpetrators could be punished. He also spoke in detail about the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 which he sated was an Act to consolidate and amend the law relating to children alleged and found to be in conflict with law and children in need of care and protection.

Similarly, a presentation on adoption and it’s various components were spelled out by Programme Officer, SARA, Mr. Peter Rai, which was followed by an address by Counsellor, Mrs. Laxana Subedi, who imparted a session on Soft Skills for Police Personnel dealing with cases related to children.

Citing examples and real life scenarios, she emphasised on the need for the individuals working under law enforcement to imbibe certain qualities in order to resolve child related issues and to be truly effective in their day-to-day job as a police officer.

The programme also had screening of a movie by ICPS, DCPU (South) titled “Nurturing the Future” and an interactive session between the resource persons and the stakeholders where various issue and its mitigation methods were discussed and deliberated upon.

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