INTEGRATED CHILD PROTECTION SCHEME

Child Welfare Commitees (CWC)

For the Children in need and care of protection, State Government may, by notification in Official Gazette, constitute for every district or group of districts, specified in the notification, one or more Child Welfare Committees for exercising the powers in relation to child in need of care and protection under this Act.

The Committee shall consist of a Chairperson and four other members, of whom at least one shall be a woman and another, an expert on matters concerning children. The Committee shall function as a Bench of Magistrates.

A child in need of care and protection is produced before CWC for being placed in safe. The Committee has the final authority to dispose of cases for the care,protection,treatment,development and rehabilitation of the children as well as to provide for their basic needs and protection of human rights.

Any child in need of care and protection may be produced before the committee by one of the following persons:-

(i) Any police officer or special juvenile police unit or a designated police officer;

(ii) Any public servant;

(iii) Child line, a registered voluntary organization or by such other voluntary organization or an agency as may be recognized by the State Government;

(iv) Any social worker or a public spirited citizen authorized by the State Government; or

(v) By the child himself.

(vi) For care, protection, treatment, development and rehabilitation of the children in need of care and protection, the state has following semi govt. children/shelter Homes: