Open discussion on child protection mechanism held
Dimapur, May 19 (EMN): The District Child Protection Unit (DCPU) Wokha, under the Department of Social Welfare organised one-day open discussion on Child Protection Mechanism on May 16 at Wokha Town Hall.
During the programme, DCPO Sekho Dawhuo highlighted the various mechanisms available within the district for the protection of the children. He also stated that the purpose of organising the programme is to develop mechanisms within the district for protection of a child in need of care and protection.
Additional Deputy Commissioner, Wokha, Thavaseelan (IAS), highlighted on four fundamental rights of children: right to survival, right to development, right to protection and right to participation.He also gave reference to legislations at international level, national, state and district level and urged the public to approach the concerned and avail the services of the bodies such as Child Welfare Committee (CWC), Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) and Special Juvenile Police Unit (SJPU) in dealing with the Child in need of care and protection.
Programme Manager, State Child Protection Society, Nagaland, Raitale Zeliang, spoke on the role of Village Level Child Protection Committee in dealing with Children in conflict with law, missing and found children, orphaned, abandoned and destitute children etc.
She also stressed the need to report any child in distress in time to which he said Village Level Child Protection Committee plays a very important role.
The programme also discussed on community response, psychological intervention and awareness programmes at block level, awareness in educational institutions, church platforms to be used for awareness, privacy of the child victims and strengthening of existing children homes.
CWC chairman, Yihamo Patton also spoke about the need to mobilize the community in dealing with children in conflict with law and in need of care and protection. Superintendent, Observation Home, Wokha, Woben Patton gave a brief overview of the programme.