Memorandum submitted to Panchayath President in demanding to form Child Protection Committee (CPC): Vimukti Pothnal

Vimukti Parliamentary and club children members from Utakanoor Grama Panchyath submitted the memorandum on 22nd of August 2018 in demanding concerned panchayath president to form Child Protection committee in their Gram Panchyath. The main objective of this CPC Committee is to address child rights and provide more awareness and spread knowledge among children, parents and the society in general. A CPC is a group of individual including duty- bearers, who are primarily responsible for creating and promoting a child friendly and safe environment wherein all children well-being, safety and rights are protected.

Every GP shall have a child CPC under the Chairpersonship of the president to recommend and monitor the implementation of child protection services at the GP level. The committee shall include Government officials from various departments such as Gram Panchyath PDO president members, Auxiliary Nursing Midwifery (ANM) accredited social health Activist (ASHA), preschool teachers, school head master/ mistress, SDMC members of the schools, coordinator/Vimukti staff/ parents and club and parliamentary children and civil society representatives. It has been entrusted with the task of dealing with child-related issues in the respective panchayat, curb crimes against children, including abuse and sexual assault, and take issues to the appropriate authorities for action, which is mandatory. Though many times reminders were given yet concern authority has failed to form and to protect children and their rights. Parliamentary and club children discussed this issues in their monthly meeting decided, and came together submitted the memorandum to GP President and requested concerned authority to give in writing that when he will fulfill this demand. The School headmaster, teachers, SDMC members, VCT staff applauded and encouraged children in this great venture.

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