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Officials inspect children’s home

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A team of officials conducted a day-long inspection of an unregistered children’s home in Usilampatti on Friday.

Officials from the District Child Protection Unit (DCPU), District Social Welfare Department (DSWD), Anti-human trafficking squad, Child Welfare Committee and ChildLine checked for infrastructural deficiencies for which it had been served a notice.

The home had 195 school-going girls aged between 10 and 16. A majority of them came from poor families and a few were orphans and semi-orphans. Officials said the home had submitted documents for the registration process.

“On an earlier visit, we pointed out that there were not enough fans and lights. The sanitation facilities were not satisfactory. But during our inspection on Friday, we found them in order,” said District Child Protection Officer M. Vijayalakshmi.

“We have served the home another notice to improve safety norms. The height of the compound wall must be raised and CCTV cameras must be installed in and around the premises,” Ms Vijayalakshmi added.

“We have asked for children’s homes to maintain a visitor log book and only allow biological parents or relatives to see them. Unregistered homes have been asked to apply for registration soon,” said District Social Welfare Officer R. Anandavalli.

Officials have urged the public to contact the ChildLine at 1098 or contact the DSWD and DCPU if they find children’s homes functioning without basic facilities.

The district administration has come down heavily on unregistered children’s homes in the recent past.

Officials said more surprise inspections were in the offing.

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