Kohima, Sept. 23: Nagaland, the first state in the Northeast to implement the Centre’s Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS), has now recorded another first by registering all childcare institutions in the state under the social welfare department.
Highlighting this feat and also complimenting the state for completing the recruitment of officials for ICPS, Sanghamitra Barik, assistant director of the Guwahati unit of National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development, said childcare and knowledge about the juvenile justice system went hand-in-hand. Quality care cannot be provided to children unless the counsellors are well versed in the relevant laws, she said.
Sanghamitra was speaking to the participants of a two-day orientation training on management of childcare institutions. She is a resource person in the training programme that began at the zonal council hall here today.
She said children who were in conflict with the law or in contact with law had many emotional and behavioural problems. It is the duty of observation homes to ensure protection to such children. She also stressed the importance of training the employees of observation homes and special homes to ensure that they do not violate the juvenile justice laws while providing care to children.
Delivering the keynote address, Nagaland secretary for social welfare T. Kiheto Sema said the child welfare committees in the state would look after 20 to 30 per cent of the cases related to children.
He said the government had planned several programmes for the welfare of children in conflict or contact with the law.
Sema reiterated that it had become important to sensitise people and create awareness among them about the need to take care of their children.
He also urged the participants to learn the legal procedures involved in the treatment and handling of children in difficult circumstances. He encouraged them to prepare themselves for any situation that may arise.
Sema said the government did not want to incarcerate children. Instead, it wanted them to be kept in observation homes or special homes, depending on the nature of the cases, so that their lives could be transformed.