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Govt urged to adopt child protection policy

Following the tragic death of six-year-old Ch Sai Lavanya Aditi at HB Colony after she was washed away in a drainage canal, the child rights activists and civil society groups, including RTE Forum, AP Alliance for Child Rights, Dhimsa Foundation, Nature, and Bala Vikas Foundation (BVF) have urged the state government to instruct gram panchayats to adopt a child-friendly protection policy to ensure safety and protection of children between 0-18 years of age.

While drafting the child rights protection policy, the issues that should be taken care of include mapping of child rights violations and vulnerable areas, convergence among child welfare institutions to maintain safeguards and standards, display of grievance redressal mechanisms in all child related institutes (catering to those from 0-18 years), review and follow-up of existing child rights protection mechanism and laws in true spirit, proper utilisation of statutory structures and bodies by the administration, declaration and practicing of Child Protection Intervention Protocols and rescue operations through intra-sectoral cooperation and accountability, supporting law enforcement wings for proper implementation of existing policies and laws, promotion and greater involvement of public and civic groups in highlighting child protection and safeguard issues such as defunct manholes and risky areas through periodical consultations.
 

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