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Child Protection

Child Protection Committee :

The Constitution of India recognizes the vulnerable position of children and their right to protection. Article 15 the Constitution guarantees special attention to children through necessary and special laws and policies that safeguard their rights. The Right to equality, protection of life and personal liberty and the right against exploitation is enshrined in Articles 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 23 and 24.

Child Protection‘ is about protecting children from or against any perceived or real danger or risk to their life, their personhood and childhood. It is about reducing their vulnerability to any kind of harm and protecting them in harmful situations. It is about ensuring that no child falls out of the social security and safety net and, those who do, receive necessary care, protection and support so as to bring them back into the safety net. While protection is a right of every child, some children are more vulnerable than others and need special attention. The Government recognizes these children as ‗children in difficult circumstances‘, characterized by their specific social, economic and geo-political situations. In addition to providing a safe environment for these children, it is imperative to ensure that all other children also remain protected. Child protection is integrally linked to every other right of the child.

Objective :

To institutionalize essential services and strengthen structures :

  • Establish and strengthen a continuum of services for emergency outreach, institutional care, family and community based care, counselling and support services
  • Put in place and strengthen necessary structures and mechanisms for effective implementation of the scheme at the national, regional, state and district levels
  • Define and set standards of all services including operational manuals for the functioning of statutory bodies

Block Level Child Protection Committee : RAHAT organization has been formed CPC-child protection committee at Block level in Kishanganj district of Bihar with the collaboration of UNICEF and DCPU Kishanganj,there are seven blocks of kishanganj district where CPC has formed by Rahat. Every block have a Child Protection Committee under the Chairpersonship of the block/ward level elected representative (Head of the Block Committee) with the Block Development Officers (BDOs) as the Member Secretary to recommend and monitor the implementation of child protection services at block level. The committee could include a member of the DCPS, one ICDS functionary, representatives of education and health departments, Chairpersons of the Village Level Child Protection Committees as well as respected community members and civil society representatives.

Village Level Child Protection Committee : RAHAT Organization has 126 Child protection committee(CPC) formed in kishanganj district of Bihar with the support of UNICEF and DCPU Kishanganj.Every village have a Child Protection Committee under the Chairpersonship of the village level elected representative (Head of the Gram Panchayat) to recommend and monitor the implementation of child protection services at the village level. The committee shall include two child representatives, a member of the DCPS, anganwadi workers, school teachers, auxiliary nurse midwives, as well as respected village members and civil society representatives.