Goa SCPCR endorses strict guidelines for hostels, boarding institutions

Amid growing concerns over child protection in institutional settings, the SCPCR has endorsed a set of guidelines formulated by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights
SAFE ZONE: The NCPCR initiative seeks to establish a new standard for the operation of hostels and boarding institutions, ensuring an environment conducive to the holistic development of children.
SAFE ZONE: The NCPCR initiative seeks to establish a new standard for the operation of hostels and boarding institutions, ensuring an environment conducive to the holistic development of children.Gomantak Times

The Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR), in collaboration with the Directorate of Education has intensified its dedication to the safety and welfare of children residing in hostels and boarding institutions.

In response to growing concerns over child protection in institutional settings, the SCPCR has endorsed a comprehensive set of guidelines formulated by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights.

SAFE ZONE: The NCPCR initiative seeks to establish a new standard for the operation of hostels and boarding institutions, ensuring an environment conducive to the holistic development of children.
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Addressing identified gaps in the current framework, the commission has emphasized the necessity for stringent regulations governing these institutions.

Through collaborative efforts involving the Directorate of Education, Women and Child Development, and the Child Welfare Committee, enforceable guidelines have been established.

SAFE ZONE: The NCPCR initiative seeks to establish a new standard for the operation of hostels and boarding institutions, ensuring an environment conducive to the holistic development of children.
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These guidelines encompass various facets including mandatory registration, infrastructure standards, nutritional provisions, healthcare services, educational and recreational activities, and protocols for child protection.

The initiative seeks to establish a new standard for the operation of hostels and boarding institutions, ensuring an environment conducive to the holistic development of children.

SAFE ZONE: The NCPCR initiative seeks to establish a new standard for the operation of hostels and boarding institutions, ensuring an environment conducive to the holistic development of children.
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Chairperson of the Goa SCPCR, Peter F Borges, emphasized, "In the wake of distressing revelations exposing abuse and neglect in unregistered institutions caring for children, we are compelled to act swiftly."

"Every child, especially those identified under the Juvenile Justice Act, deserves prompt relocation to designated children's homes. This isn't just a duty; it's a moral imperative demanding immediate action," he continued.

SAFE ZONE: The NCPCR initiative seeks to establish a new standard for the operation of hostels and boarding institutions, ensuring an environment conducive to the holistic development of children.
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"Upholding standards of care is non-negotiable, regardless of the residence – hostel, boarding facility or children's home. Stringent guidelines must be enforced to guarantee the safety and well-being of every child," he added.

The SCPCR urges all institutions, including those catering to religious education, which are not registered under the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 with the Directorate of Women and Child Development, to align with these guidelines.

SAFE ZONE: The NCPCR initiative seeks to establish a new standard for the operation of hostels and boarding institutions, ensuring an environment conducive to the holistic development of children.
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These institutions have also been urged to register with the Deputy Education Officer at respective zones and obtain necessary approvals. The commission stands prepared to assist institutions throughout this transition, aiming to elevate the quality of care provided to children.

For institutions, adherence to these guidelines is not merely a regulatory obligation, but a moral imperative to ensure the well-being of children under their care.

The SCPCR is committed to this cause, and urges all stakeholders to unite in this critical endeavour.

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