WCD Ministry to formulate guidelines to ensure safety of children in hostels

The Ministry of Women and Child Development is formulating guidelines for children’s hostels, prescribing the minimum standards of care that should be provided to children. The decision comes at a time when institutions, housing children on the request of parents who are unable to take care of them and their education or due to other circumstances that force parents to keep them at children’s homes, are not registering under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015.

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Key Highlights

  • The directions of the Supreme Court, the WCD Ministry will be drafting the guidelines that will be applicable to any institution not falling under the categories mentioned in the JJ Act.
  • The Ministry has directed the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights to draft the guidelines in consultation with stakeholders concerned. The guidelines will be notified under the Juvenile Justice Act or the JJ Rules.
  • To ensure the safety and well-being of children even at school hostels, Ministry WCD will be sharing the guidelines with the Ministry of Human Resource Development for dissemination among schools providing boarding facility.
  • Further, the Ministry has notified all states and union territories to undertake inspection of all child care institutions and related facilities and to ensure their registration.
  • As per Section 41 of the Juvenile Justice Act 2015, registration of all child care institutions, whether funded by Government or not, is mandatory. The penalty of non-registration is prescribed under Section 42 of the Act. Besides this, registration under the JJ Act would also be mandatory for all CCIs running in the form of hostels.

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