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The Child Development Unit (CDU) was set up in 1995. It ensures that the survival, protection, development and participation rights of the Mauritian child are upheld as per the Convention on the Rights of the Child whereby the best interests of the child shall be of primary consideration in all policies, programmes and actions pertaining to children’s welfare.
The CPS provides for dedicated multi-disciplinary support in a one stop shop child friendly system by a team of professionals attending to the immediate and multi-disciplinary needs of children victims of abuse.
The services provided at the level of the CPS are as follows:
The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children is the sexual exploitation by an adult of a child or adolescent below 18 years of age that involves a transaction in cash or in kind to the child or to one or more third parties.
Commercial sexual exploitation of children includes:
A Drop-in-Center is run and managed by the
Mauritius Family Planning and Welfare Association (MFPWA) and is monitored by the
Child Development Unit. Cases of sodomy, child prostitution, sexual intercourse under 16, sexual harassment, sexual abuse, abortion, teenage pregnancy, attempt upon chastity, rape and teenage pregnancy are dealt with at the level of the Drop-In-Centre.
services offered at the Drop-in-Centre are as follows:
The Residential Drop-in-Centre (GRNW):
Legislations to combat :
b) Trafficking in Person
As per the Civil Status Act, provision is made for a declaration of birth to be made within 45 days of the birth. As per the Civil Status Act of 1982, in the absence of the parents, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry declares the child and the Child Development Unit is given the mandate to facilitate the procedure for the tardy declaration of birth of Children only.
The Tardy Declaration of Birth has been put in place since 2005 and acts as a fast track system for children whose birth have not been registered within the prescribed delay. This system ensures that the children are not deprived of their rights.
The CDU works in close collaboration with other stakeholders, including, the State Law Office, the Civil Status Office, the Police Department, the Ministry of Health and Wellness and the Judiciary to identify and record cases of undeclared births and to arrange for the registration of same within the shortest delay.
283 7372 / 283 7780
CPS Port Louis
Edith cavell Street,
1st Floor, SILWF Building,
213 0668 / 213 7145 / 49/214 1229
2nd Floor, Flacq District Council, Customer Service Centre,
413 1390 / 420 0106
Bambous Women Centre
John Kennedy Street,
New Municipal Building
NPF Building, 9TH Floor,
Rose Hill, CPS Rose Hill
CPS Plaine Magnien
Gilbert Rd, Plaine Magnien
637 2634/637 2631
Morc VRS, Souillac
The Child Mentoring Programme was initiated with a view to catering for children, between the age of 08 to 16 years, in distress mainly those displaying with mild behavioural problems. They are thus screened and matched with appropriate trained adult Child Mentors for their emotional reconstruction.
Mentoring sessions are held after a Mentoring Order is obtained from the Children`s Court. These sessions are undertaken by holding regular meetings and carrying out indoor activities by the Mentors with the minors.
The Child Mentor plays a crucial role in providing the required support to the minor by giving him/her the opportunity to have the care and guidance of a role model.