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Make police verification must for staff at child care centres

The panel wants authorities to ensure that every child gets appropriate and age-specific education—File photo  

The Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has suggested mandatory police verification for any person appointed to work at child care institutions.

In its comments on draft model rules under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children)(JJ) Act 2015, submitted to the Ministry of Women and Child Welfare after an interactive session with child rights groups and stakeholders recently, Chairperson of the Commission, Dr. Sushma Kirtani also suggested that all staff appointed at such centres will have to sign a child care protection policy, committing to ensure the safety of children.

The suggestions include: the Juvenile Justice Board or the Committee or the Children’s Court shall ensure that every child is provided with appropriate and age- specific education in every centre; and that the rehabilitation cum placement officer shall have a masters degree in social work or human resource management and three to five years’ experience in the field of rehabilitation, employment creation and resource mobilization.

Under rule 2(viii) Individual Care Plan, the Commission has suggested addition of clause that allows procuring documents such as Aadhaar card or birth certificate for a child, which many centres do not have.

Under rule 8, the panel has suggested a sub rule to provide for funds for the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) for educational rehabilitation. Currently, there is no provision of funds with the JJB, for this purpose. The Commission has suggested addition of a provision in laws related to kidnapping, wherein missing child complaints will also be registered. It has sought deletion of the provision that says ‘all offences against the child shall be treated as cognizable’.

The panel has said that accountability of all the stakeholders such as NGO’s and individual counsellors should be spelt out. All NGO’s working with children and providing expertise (not running homes) should also be liable for registration.

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