ICPS visualizes setting up of State Child Protection Society in every State/UT as the fundamental unit for the implementation of the scheme.
Structure of State Child Protection Society (SCPS) & State Adoption Resource Agency (SARA)
Functions of SCPS
Contribution to the effective implementation of child protection legislation, schemes and achievement of child protection goals laid out in the National Plan of Action for Children. In doing so, the SCPS will follow national and state priorities, rules and guidelines.
Implementation, supervision and monitoring of ICPS and all other child protection scheme/programs and agencies/institutions at State/UT level;
Setting up, supporting and monitoring performance of DCPU and ensure proper flow and utilization of funds to the districts through ICPS;
Ensuring effective implementation of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000, draft rules under the Act if not already done so or adopt the Central Model Rules;
Ensuring of effective implementation of other legislations and policies for child protection in the State viz. Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act (HAMA) 1956; Guardians and Wards Act (GAWA) 1890; Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act 1986; Child Marriage Prohibition Act, 2006 and Immoral Traffic Prevention Act 1986, Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act 1994, Commissions for Protection of Child Rights Act, 2005 (CPCR Act), Protection of children from Sexual Offence Act, 2012, etc. and any other Act that comes into force for protecting child rights;
Networking and coordinating with all government departments to build intersectoral linkages on child protection issues, including Departments of Health, Education, Social Welfare, Urban Basic Services, Backward Classes & Minorities, Youth Services, Police, Judiciary, Labour, State AIDS Control Society, among others;
Networking and coordinating with voluntary and civil organizations working in the field of child rights and protection;
Carrying out need-based research and documentation activities at state-level for assessing the number of children in difficult circumstances and creating State-specific databases to monitor trends and patterns;
Training and capacity building of all personnel (Government and Nongovernment) working under child protection system;
Providing quarterly progress report to MWCD on Program implementation and fund utilisation; (xi) Liaisoning with MWCD and State Child Protection Societies of other States/UTs;
Providing secretarial support to the State Child Protection Committee (SCPC).
Maintaining a state level database of all children in institutional care and family based non-institutional care and update it on a quarterly basis. Financial Support for setting up State Child Protection Societies along with their roles and responsibilities under this scheme are given at Annexure-I.
Role of State Child Protection Societies (SCPS) in conducting trainings
At the State/UT level, the nodal responsibility of training and capacity building shall be with the SCPS, which shall be responsible for developing a training master plan for the State/UT with the help of all its DCPUs. The SCPS shall identify a pool of expert organizations/institutions/academies/universities/school of social work and individuals with specialization in the field of child rights and protection to facilitate training courses at state and district levels. The SCPS shall also identify personnel working under ICPS and arrange for them to be trained as Master Trainers on the relevant subjects with the help of NIPCCD and its Regional Centres.
The SCPS shall work with Universities and Educational Institutions for formulating new courses on counselling and other specialized child protection issues for building a cadre of professionally equipped manpower to work on child protection issues.
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