Ministry has restructured the Child Development Unit (CDU) since 16 JULY 2018,
which is now divided into two units i.e. the CDU and the Alternative Care Unit
(ACU). The CDU is taking charge of child protection and development aspects
whilst the Alternative Care Unit is responsible for the rehabilitation aspect
of those children placed in Residential Care Institutions (RCIs)/ shelters,
Foster Care System and the Child Mentoring Programme. The Unit has also
provided for a new Section which will work on training and capacity building
Programme, budgetary exercise and reporting on Human Rights issues. Therefore,
the following sections fall under the ACU;
REHABILITATION SECTION (RCIS/SHELTERS)
FOSTER CARE SECTION
CHILD MENTORING SECTION
REPORTING ON HUMAN RIGHTS INSTRUMENTS
Care section caters for the implementation of Foster Care Programme.
The Unit’s major focus is to design and implement policies and
programmes geared towards rehabilitating children in places of safety and
providing them with a substitute family, through the foster care Programme and
assisting those with mild behavioral problems through Child Mentoring
1.1 List of Senior Officials posted in
of Senior Staff
Alternative Care Unit
Mrs V.Jodhoa- O/C of the Unit
2. firstname.lastname@example.org /
Mrs V. Rene- Coordinator
Child Mentoring Section
No Coordinator (Presently overseen by Mrs Jodhoa )
Foster Care Programme:
The Foster Care System is to give opportunity to
children removed under a Court Order to be placed in foster family to evolve in
a substitute family environment. Upon the application of an Emergency
Protection Order, the children, victims of violence are removed from their
environment of risk and placed in a “shelter”. Once a foster parent is
registered, a matching exercise is carried out and a child is removed from the
“shelter” and placed with the foster parent for an initial period of three
months. Presently, i.e. as at July 2018, 67
children have been placed in 58
Foster Care Families.
formulate policies for enhancement and further development of Foster Care in
Professionalizinf Foster Care Programme
In parallel, the Ministry has
already initiated action to professionalize the Foster Care System. Some of the measures being implemented in the said professionalization
process comprise the following:
- Categorizing the types of foster care for all ages of children ranging
from babies to teenagers.
- Reviewing the financial packages by offering them supplemental payment as
per children with varying degree of conditions, such as physical, mental,
behavioral and emotional condition.
- Enhancing placement provision through well-designed Empowerment Programme
for foster care Parents so that they are well supported, guided and also better
equipped to deal with their foster child’s needs.
- Envisaging for strengthen networking with stakeholders by adopting a multiagency
approach which will be a contributing factor in supporting more stable
placement. The Ministry is
further working on a Foster Care Regulations to make provision for the
Foster Care Advisory Committee
The Foster Care Advisory
Committee has been set up in 2002 as per the Child Protection
(Amendment) (Foster Care) Regulations 2005
The Child Mentoring section caters for the
implementation of Child Mentoring Programme.
Child Mentoring Programme
Child Mentoring Programme, caters for children in distress, mainly those displaying
mild behavioural problems who are screened and matched with trained adult Child
Mentors for their emotional reconstruction. This is ensured through mentoring
sessions which are held after Mentoring Order is obtained from the District
Court. These sessions are undertaken by holding regular meetings and carrying
out indoor activities once a week for a maximum of 2hours. In a nutshell, the
Child Mentor plays a crucial role in providing the required support to the
minor in meeting his caring needs. Presently, there are 71 Child
Mentors and 63 who have accepted the offer. As at 08 October
2018, there are 50 minors who are being assisted under the Programme
by new Child Mentors. Normally, a stipend of Rs 2250 is being
paid to Child Mentors to meet their traveling expenses.
support to children between 10 to 16 years of age who display mild behavioral
problems and are assisted by trained adult mentors for their emotional and
Child Mentoring Committee:
The Child Protection (Amendment) Act 2008 makes
provision for a Child Mentoring Committee. The Child Mentoring Committee has
been set up in 2009 under the said Act.
Dos & Don’ts that
should be adhered with by RCIs/Shelters
AND DON’Ts FOR RESIDENTIAL CARE INSTITUTIONS (RCIs)/PLACES OF SAFETY ACCOMODATING
Manager RCI shall:
Manager RCI shall not:
case file upon admission of child in RCIs, keep updated record and ensure
access of file to CDU officer.
and keep records of visitors allowed inside the premises of the institution.
and monitor timings and duration of visits.
ALL meetings and visits, Management should ensure proper screening of
visitors prior to allowing any outside visit.
sure all the material, psychosocial and emotional needs of the child are met.
the child’s personal space/privacy within the institution.
the best interest of the child as a priority under all circumstances.
the rights and integrity of the child as stipulated in the Child Protection
Act 1994 and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
the involvement and participation of the child in the activities of the
security and safety of the child at all times.
integration of the children within the institution and the society.
a good quality of services including infrastructural facilities, proper food,
clothing, medical care.
educational support and a proper care plan for each resident.
a multidisciplinary approach; enlist the help and support of professionals.
qualified and skilled staff. Staffs recruited should comply to all law
a child to caregiver ratio as established by this Ministry to ensure there is
individualized attention to residents.
report to the Ministry any attempt or request of parents or relatives to meet
a child under EPO.
information on child under court orders and placed by the Ministry as and
information on vacant seats at the institution and on the RCI as and when
required by the Ministry.
that every child has access to formal education in accordance with Education
each child’s faith, religious beliefs and dietary habit/restrictions/dietary
report any major incident to the CDU office for advice, support as
managers to delegate relevant officers to attend District Courts to apply for
cases of residents in conflict with law (child beyond control), where they
are endangering life of other residents or damaging property.
to Police immediately in cases where minors are found to be in danger (like
perpetrator trying to abduct minor).
schools about precautionary measures to be taken when admitting minors from
any child to a staff/outsider’s residence/parent’s place from where child has
young children unattended or supervised by other children.
corporal punishment or any other form of harsh punishment.
humiliate or insult a child under any circumstance.
- Make racial/ethnic discrimination/harassment
against any child.
outsiders to enter the premises without permission.
information/data about any child or breach confidentiality to any
or broadcast any images, videos or photographs of residents to media/the
any image, video or photographs for any purpose.
any person to work as volunteer unless Management is satisfied that he or she
can act as such.
a child to change his/her religion.
alleged perpetrators to visit/contact residents.
inappropriate gestures to be made towards residents.
/marry any minor.