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State CRC organizes workshops on ‘Child Protection’

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 Srinagar, Dec 29: Jammu and Kashmir Child Resource Centre, under G.A.Sofi, the Chairman of JKCRC, organized two workshops in collaboration with ICPS, Social Welfare Department and UNICEF here today.

A press release issued here said that the workshop was conducted with an objective to sensitize different stakeholders from Child Care Institutions (CCIs) and ICPS cadre on Standards of Care and Compliance in Child Care institutions and Psycho-Social as well as Mental Health issues among Children in Jammu and Kashmir.

“The representatives of CCIs, Government and NGO run, Counsellors and staff of District Child Protection Units of Kashmir Division participated in the day long workshops.  Justice Hasnain Masoodi was the Chief Guest and deliberated on the need of participative approach and dialogue among all such stakeholders for better and secure future of Children,” the press release added.

The press release further said that Dr.Shekhar Seshadri (NIMHANS), Dr Sheela (NIMHANS), Bhat Iqbal, Central University of Jammu, Malika Ghalib Shah from UCL London and resource person from Kashmir University conducted sessions on various themes. The experts deliberated upon different issues and concern of CCIs and other Stakeholders vis-à-vis Juvenile Justice System and Child Protection in J&K.

“It came up in discussions that CCIs in the State have greatly contributed in the field of child rights and it was high time that their stake in the whole Juvenile Justice System was appreciated and understood in real context. It was agreed upon by all the participants that standards of care in CCIs as envisaged under the JJ (Care and Protection) Act 2013 of J&K State must be ensured across all home in the State. It was also committed by authorities of ICPS and JKCRC that thematic capacity building workshops for staff and functionaries of CCIs shall be organized in a phased manner,” the press release added.

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