The importance of Preparing a Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Child Welfare Committees in West Bengal was stressed in a consultation held on various standard Operating Protocols (SOPs) for the six Child Welfare Committees of North Bengal was organized by Shakti Vahini, a national level anti trafficking voluntary organization in Hotel Sinclair, Siliguri on October 25, 2103.
All the Chairpersons and members of the Child Welfare Committees of the North Bengal have attended the programme and put their valuable suggestions. The representatives of various anti trafficking NGOs of North Bengal were also present. At least 60 participants attended the programme. The meeting was organised with support from Missing Child Alert Project of PLAN India
The CWCs working in some districts of West Bengal are not yet institutionalized. They do not have proper office infrastructure to run the proceedings of the Child Welfare Committee. The present members of the CWC have risen the issue that it is very important to depute one advocate from District Legal Service Authority to all the CWC. According to the CWC the number of shelter Homes need to be increased in the district on the priority basis.
Nishi Kant Executive Director NGO Shakti Vahini said, “For the proactive functioning of the Child Welfare Committees we need to build source-destination link with the NGOs working in different parts of the world. West Bengal is such a state where the number of missing children is maximum and the number of recovery is comparatively less as the data states.
Mr Subir Roy, Director ( Programme and Projects) , “The suggestions made by the Child Welfare Committees present in the programme will be submitted to the Secretary Women and Child Development and Social Welfare, Govt. Of West Bengal.We will also request the Department for coming up with a Standard Operating Protocols for the Child Welfare Committees in West Bengal.”
As a part of this programme the Standard Operating Procedures for the Child Welfare Committees in Maharashtra and Delhi, SOP on Inter district/state transfer of Children in Need of Care and Protection, Model Guidelines of the protection of Children from sexual offence Act, 2012 by Ministry of Women and Child Development, Govt. Of India, various landmark judgement passed by various Child Welfare Committees across the country followed by group work by the district team and presentation.