Delhi govt’s Policy for street children

Delhi government has formulated a policy for welfare of street children in light of covid-19 pandemic situation.

Highlights

  • Policy underlines the role of various stakeholders in promoting Covid- appropriate behaviour and generating awareness about the infection.
  • It was prepared by Women and Child Development Department (WCD) of Delhi Government.

Provisions of Policy

  • Policy encourages direct participation of civil society organisations.
  • It also highlights their role in identifying hotspot areas and distributing masks among those children.
  • As per policy, district administration could consider training children rescued from streets as Civil Defense Volunteer, after they attain age of 18 years. It will provide them respectable employment. Trained children can also assist many other children who coming from a similar background.
  • It proposes for composition of District Child Protection Convergence Committee (DCPCC) above the District Task Force to rescue children.
  • District magistrate will act as chairperson of DCPCC along with other members like two members from NGOs & Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights representatives.
  • NGOs will be tasked to bring all cases of children identified by them to their respective Child Welfare Committee. NGOs will work with concerned departments for rehabilitation of identified children.

District Task Force

Women and Child Development Department of Delhi Government had constituted a ‘District Task Force’ to assist COVID-19 positive children who are in Child Care Institutes or who lost their parents due covid-19 virus. Department had set up two quarantine centres for children in order to take admissions sent through child welfare committee separately.

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