Presentation on theme: "Seeking a society where all children are loved, valued and able to fulfill their potential National Child Protection Authority of Sri Lanka."— Presentation transcript:
Seeking a society where all children are loved, valued and able to fulfill their potential National Child Protection Authority of Sri Lanka
Founded in NCPA is the foremost authority in Sri Lanka dedicated to PROTECT, PROMOTE AND DEFEND CHILD RIGHTS in the country.
1929 Child Helpline Sri Lanka National helpline 24/7 Free, confidential Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka
Over 2,000 calls to 1929 in the past six months. These include informative, complaints and general queries on children’s issues Over 600 cases of abuse and exploitation opened in the past six months
Primary Referral Partners Ministry of Child Development & Women’s Affairs Ministry of Social Services Ministry of Health Psychosocial Police Ministry of Justice Monitoring Investigations Court proceedings Child-care institutions Coordination & Advising Government bodies NGOs/INGOs District/Provincial councils Civil societies Legal & Law Enforcement Juvenile Justice Professional Skills/Expertise
Key Programmatic Focus Areas Education, Stability and Protection of School Children Protection and Monitoring of Children of Migrant Parents Protection, Pyschosocial Support and Rehabilitation - Victims of War Education, Protection and Livelihood support - Estate Children Victims of Abuse, Exploitation, Neglect Victims of Child Labour in High Risk Areas Street/Beach Children in High Risk Tourist Areas Juvenile Justice: Children involved in Criminal Proceedings
Protecting children at the local level Each district secretariat has: - 1 NCPA district coordinator - 1 NCPA psychosocial coordinator Total officers on field: 50+ Total officers at NCPA head office: 70+ For 1929 case follow-ups at district level: 300 new
-The local authority child protection team - In case of an emergency, the police child helpline How are child protection concerns reported?
What happens after a child protection complaint? NCPA/ 1929 receives complaint Referred to Law Enforcement Unit Referred to relevant local authority Police & local NCPA officers investigate Initial assessmentAction Periodic assessments by the local NCPA staff
Our Bottom-Up Approach.. Ensure that the community owns child protection projects and activities and also understand the notion of accountability with respect to child rights and violence and injustice against children.
CR – the questions that need asking Do partners play an active role in supporting children, providing services or advocating for children’s rights and well-being? How do children relate to referral partners? Are they actively involved with those organisations themselves?
Case Records 1929 counsellors preliminary case records Initial assessment Investigative assessment Case follow-ups
Child’s Plan– based on ‘My World’ Assessment Triangle
Over 55% increase in awareness of 1929 within the past year, in post-conflict regions alone (random polls)
Awareness-raising on 1929 through educational support and children’s clubs programs, particularly in high-risk areas.
Way Forward Qualitative information and baseline data More referrals - % Self-managed partners (on field) Awareness and outreach Resource organisations – directory Documentation Advocacy
New policy on case management and referrals rolled out – to include 5-year plans
Child protection is everyone’s business.
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