State Child Protection Society, West Bengal

Directorate of Child Rights and Trafficking

Department of Women & Child Development and Social Welfare

Government of West Bengal

Child Welfare Committee (CWC)

The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 makes it mandatory to establish one Child Welfare Committee in each district as the final authority to dispose of cases for the care, protection, treatment, development and rehabilitation of children in need of care & protection and to provide for their basic needs and protection of human rights.

To facilitate the setting up of CWC’s in every district and to ensure their effective functioning, the scheme shall provide adequate infrastructure and financial support to the States/UTs.

Guidelines for setting up of Child Welfare Committees (CWCs)
  1. Location of CWC As provided under the JJ Act, 2000, the Child Welfare Committee should hold its sittings in the premises of a Children’s Home.
  2. Space and Infrastructure
    1. The newly constructed Children’s Homes shall have two rooms of 300 Sq. ft. each for the CWC. Where an existing Children’s Home has the required space available within the premises, the same shall be provided to the Committee. However, in districts where there is no Children’s Home or the existing Children’s Home has no space for the CWC, the ICPS will provide funds for constructing or renting suitable premises for the CWC.
    2. The Committee shall hold its sittings in one room and the other room should be used as a waiting room for children and families. The room where the CWC holds its sittings should be well equipped with necessary furniture and equipment, be well lit and have a child friendly environment. The waiting room should have provisions for drinking water and some indoor recreation facilities for children.

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