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Child Protection Services: An Overview

The idea with ‘Child Protection’ is to reduce the vulnerability of a child from any potential risk or danger to his/her life and childhood.In lieu to this, the Integrated Child Protection Scheme ( now Child Protection Services) works as an umbrella scheme to safeguard both,'Children in Conflict with Law’ and ‘Children in Need of Care and Protection’. Based on the principles of ‘protection of child rights’and ‘best interests of the child’, ICPS aims to institutionalize services such as emergency outreach, community based care, family based care,counselling and support. ICPS works in direction to sensitize functionaries contributing in the mechanism of child protection and raising public awareness.The ICPS programme in the state of Haryana is been implemented through Haryana State Child Protection Society (HSCPS) and is functional under the department of Women and Child Development, Haryana. The children in need of care and protection are being provided Institutional as well as Non Institutional Care under the scheme.For providing non Institutional Care, State Adoption Resource Agency (SARA) has been set up at State level. At the district level the District Child Protection Unit (DCPU)and District Child Protection Committee under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner has been constituted. The Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) is mainly an instrumentto implement the provisions of J.J. Act, 2000 which has been amended as Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 and came into force w.e.f. 15.01.2016. The State has created a Juvenile Justice Fundfor providing facilities to the juveniles. Child Welfare Committees (CWC) and Juvenile Justice Board (JBB) have been set up in all the districts for the effective implementation of Juvenile Justice(Care & Protection of Children) Act 2015.


Objectives

ICPS brings together multiple existing child protection schemes of the Ministry under one comprehensive umbrella, and integrates additional interventions for protecting children and preventing harm. ICPS,therefore, would institutionalize essential services and strengthen structures, enhance capacities at all levels, create database and knowledge base for child protection services, strengthen child protection at family and community level,ensure appropriate inter-sectoral response at all levels.


Category of Children Covered

(I) Children in Conflict with LawThe term ‘Children in Conflict with Law’ refers to anyone under the age of 18 who comes into the contact with the justice system as a result of being suspect/accuse of committing an offence.Children in conflict with law who enter the juvenile justice system through Juvenile Justice Board (JJB), require residential care and protection during pendency of any inquiry are facilitatedObservation Homes as per section 47 of Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Act 2015. As per the section 48 of Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Act 2015, the Childrenin Conflict with Law committed by JJBs who requires long term rehabilitation and protection are sent to the Special Homes. Currently, the state of Haryana has three Observation Homes (Ambala, Hisar,Faridabad (for Boys) and Karnal (for Girls), one Special Home (for Boys at Sonepat) and one Place of Safety (for Boys) in Karnal.


Children in Need of Care and Protection

Under the broad spectrum of Children in Need of Care and Protection, the state of Haryana has total 95 Child Care Institutions (being runs by Govt, Semi Govt. and Private Organizations) for care, protection,treatment, development and rehabilitation of the children. Out of 92 Child Care Institutions, the state has 56 Children Home, 22 Open Shelter Homes, 8 Specialised Adoption Agencies, 4 Observation Homes, 1 Special Homeand 1 Place of Safety. The CCIs are spread all across the 21 districts of Haryana and cover approximately 3,000 children. The children in need of care and Protection are taken care of by Child Welfare Committees (CWC)which is the competent authority to deal with the cases of Children in Need of Care and Protection.


Services provided through Integrated Child Protection Scheme

I. Institutional ServicesAll the children in need of care and protection are found/informed/produced and sent to registered Child Care Institutions of Haryana State by necessary orders of Child Welfare Committee. Child Welfare Committees (CWC)is the final Authority to deal with the cases of children in need of care and protection and to give decision keeping the best interest of the children. For care, protection, treatment, development and rehabilitation of thechildren in need of care and protection:There are 92 Child Care Institutions (govt., semi govt. and private) in Haryana State.Under ICPS for maintenance of children, Rs. 2000/- per chi Further, in Govt. institutions additional Rs. 1000/- per child per month is provided by State Govt. Other facilities like educational, medical, vocational and recreational etc are being providing to the children residing inthese Child Care Institutions.

Open Shelter Homes

Open Shelter caters to the children particularly beggars, child sexual substances, street and working children etc. These homes are not only meant to provide permanent residential facilities for children but also aim tocompliments the existing institutional care facilities. Presently in Haryana, 22 Open Shelter (15 under Haryana State Council for Child Welfare and 7 under NGO) Homes running in various districts.

II. Non Institutional ServicesAdoption is a process through which a child who is permanently separated from biological parents because his/her parents have died, or have abandoned or surrendered her/him, becomes legitimate child of a new set of parents referredto as ‘Adoptive Parents’ with all rights, privileges and responsibilities that are attached to this relationship.If any orphan or abandoned child without family support is received by anyone, then it should be reported immediately either to the office In-charge of the nearest Police Station or the Child Welfare Committee or Child line or SpecializedAdoption Agency of that area. In the state of Haryana, about 237 children have been placed for in country and inter country adoption. Similarly, 3139 children have been benefited under Sponsorship and Foster Care and an amount of Rs. 6.59 croreshas been utilized.

Sr. N Year In country Adoptions Inter-Country Adoptions Total
1 2013-14 33 08 41
2 2014-15 28 06 34
3 2015-16 31 26 57
4 2016-17 50 04 54
5 2017-18 39 08 47
6 2018-19 03 01 04
. Total 184 53 237

III. Security Mechanisms adopted for protection of children in Child Care Institutions (CCIs)a. Registration of Child Care InstitutionsThose Child Care Institutions which are recommended for registration by the District Administration have been issued Provisional Registration valid for one year and thereafter, with due procedure, Regular Registration Certificate will be given, whichwill be valid for three years.will be valid for three years.Accordingly, out of 92 Child care Institutions, 82 Child Care Institutions are registered under Section 41 (1) of Juvenile Justice Act 2015. Registration of 11 Child Care Institutions is under process.

b. Monitoring and Supervision of Child Care Institutions- As per section 54 of JJ Act, 2015, State and District Level Inspection Committees, have also been notified on 24-5-2017 for periodical inspections and reporting. From 2012 to till date, 956 (841 CCIs and 115 SAAs) State/ District Level inspectionshave been conducted underhave been conducted underthe chairmanship of State Officials and concerned Deputy Commissioners/ Additional Deputy Commissioners/ Sub Divisional Magistrate/ City Magistrate of the District.c. Training and Awareness Generation Various training programmes have been conducted by NIPCCD, New Delhi and the State Head Quarter to train the chairpersons and members of Juveniles Justice Board, Child Welfare Committees, DCPS Functionaries, ICPS Functions and Officials from Child Care Institutions (CCIs). Detail of Training Programmes organized from the year 2012 to 2017 is as below.re Institutions (CCIs). Detail of Training Programmes organized from the year 2012 to 2017 is as below.

Year No. of Training conducted by NIPCCD No. of Trainings conducted by the State
2012 03 04
2013 03 02
2014 09 08
2015 10 03
2016 05 05
2017 10 09
2018(till July) 05 05
Total 45 35

The data of awareness camps organized by District Child Protection Units, Haryana on Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 in the year 2018 (till June) is as below:

S.No District Total No. of Awareness Camps Organized Total No. of Participants
1 Ambala 150 7525
2 Bhiwani 156 15507
3 Faridabad 149 10115
4 Fatehabad 396 30416
5 Gurugram 102 3859
6 Hisar 337 27031
7 Jhajjar 158 10260
8 Jind 141 9901
9 Karnal 91 10126
10 Kaithal 148 20759
11 Kurukshetra 132 17009
12 Narnaul 154 9011
13 Nuh 141 15259
14 Panipat 149 15669
15 Palwal 130 4919
16 Panchkula 165 9689
17 Rewari 138 9613
18 Rohtak 129 9356
19 Sirsa 166 20232
20 Sonepat 148 12377
21 Yamunanagar 153 7589

Recent State Level Trainings and IEC Initiatives conducted by Haryana State Child Protection Society:

1. Launched POCSO Based Booklet ‘Meri Suraksha Meri Zimedari’ by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Haryana Shri. Manohar Lal Khattar and Minster, Women and Child Development, Haryana Smt. Kavita Jain during ‘Ik Aur Sudhar’ Programme on 12.7.2018

2. Launched various awareness based pamphlets promoting Childline-1098, Foster Care and Sponsorship Scheme under ICPS.

3. Inaugurated POCSO Act, 2012 Based Snake and Ladder Game on 19.4.2018 by Smt. Kavita Jain, Hon’ble Minister, WCD Haryana, POCSO Act, 2012

4. Organised Two-Day National Level Conference on ‘Implementation of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 and Restorative Justice (Victim Compensation and Rehabilitation)on 18th & 19th June, 2018 in Collaboration with National Human Rights Commission.

5. Organised One-Day State Level Training Programme on ‘National Tracking System for Missing and Vulnerable Children’ on 27.4.2018 for Protection Officer (NIC) and Assistant-cum-Data Entry Operators of Juvenile Justice Board and Child Welfare Committees.ees.

6. Organised One-Day State Level Training Programme on ‘CARINGs Portal’ on 20.4.2018 for District Child Protection officers, Project Coordinators (Specialised Adoption Agencies) and Protection Officer (NIC).

7. Organized One-Day State Level Training Programme on ‘Right to Information’ Act on 19.1.2018 for District Child Protection officers of Haryana and State level officials of ICPS, in due collaboration with Haryana Institute of Public Administration (HIPA).HIPA).

8. Launch of ICPS Calendar, 2018 on 29.12.2017 at Haryana Niwas, Chandigarh.

9. Organized One Day Divisional Level Conference of Ambala Division on Implementation of JJ Act, 2015 and POCSO Act, 2012 on 8.12.2017 held at Panchayat Bhawan, Ambala.

10. Organized One-Day State Level Training Programme on JJ Systems and ICPS for Members of Juvenile Justice Board, Chairpersons of Child Welfare Committee and Legal-cum-Probation Officers, Haryana on 06.12.2017 at Haryana Niwas, Chandigarh.

11. Organized One-Day State Level Training Programme on Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 and JJ Model Rules, 2016 for the Members of Juvenile Justice Board Haryana on 14.11.2017 at Hotel Red Bishop, Panchkula

12. Organized State Level inter-CCI festival Hausla-2017 on 10-11-2017 at SCPCR Office and Tau Devi Lal Stadium.

13. Launch of ICPS Directory on the occasion of Haryana Diwas on 3.11.2017, inaugurated by Smt. Kavita Jain, Minister Women and Child Development, Haryana.

14. Organized Half-Day Consultation Workshop on ‘Audio Video Module and Standard Operating Procedure as Tools for Effective Functioning of Child Protection Mechanism in Haryana in collaboration with Save the Children Foundation for District Child Protection Officers and Child Development Project Officer on 07.11.2017 at Hotel Hometal.tection Officers and Child Development Project Officer on 07.11.2017 at Hotel Hometal.

15. Organized a State Level Orientation Programme on Adoption Regulations, 2017, in collaboration with Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) on 01.08.2017 in which staff of DCPUs, Chairman/Member of CWC, Representative of Child Lines and other related department participated.elated department participated.

16. Organized One day Training Programme on the Implementation of JJ Act, 2015 and JJ Model Rules, 2016, on 18th August, 2017 for 62 participants consisting of 18 LPOs, 30 Social Workers and 14 officials from the department of women and child development.ment.

17. Organized Three-day Training programme on ‘Tools and Techniques Related to Child Counseling for Counselors’ from 9th-11th August, 2017 at WCD Department headquarter, Panchkula for 55 counsellors from District Child Protection Units, Haryana and Child Care Institutions, Haryana.hild Care Institutions, Haryana.

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Contact Details of Officers

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Scheme Guidelines

Activities and Progrress So far