There has been an increasing concern about the need to extend care and protection to children who experience abuse, violence and exploitation. In order to address the issue of child protection, the State Government is implementing the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 and Integrated Child Protection Scheme. These aim to build a safe environment for children in difficult circumstances.
Government of India has enacted new Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 and POCSO Act, 2012 for protection rights of children and the majority of the authorities working under JJ System came from different backgrounds apart from judiciaries. The authorities (Child Welfare Committees, Juvenile Justice Boards, Special Juvenile Police Units, Child Care Institutions, and CHILDLINE) come across several issues related to children and face challenges in imparting the procedures as defined under Acts.
Since the subject of Child Protection is new, the functionaries face several challenges in documentation and case management due to inappropriate knowledge and understanding on related Acts. Many times it has been witnessed that the people associated with these authorities find it difficult to take action on some of the cases brought before them.However for meeting out the aforesaid challenges and effective implementation of the acts there is need to establish a sustainable mechanism. The mechanism will help them in assisting with the above mentioned gaps is the area where efforts are at nascent stage.
In this backdrop, Child Protection Support Desk will be established to provide technical guidance and hand holding support to the authorities. Child Protection Support Desk is a unique initiative of Antakshari Foundation with Child Resource Centre, Department for Child Rights and UNICEF.
We envisage that the said initiative will be beneficial in building the protective environment for children and improve the functioning of various authorities working under JJ System. The authorities working under JJ System can seek guidance & support from the desk as and when required.