State Child Protection Society (SCPS), Assam is a registered Society under the aegis of the Department of Social Welfare, Government of Assam. The Society was notified by Government of Assam on 12th July, 2010 vide notification no. SWD.168/2009/pt-1/306. SCPS was registered under the Societies Act on 15th June, 2015.
Key Responsibilities of SCPS
The primary responsibility of SCPS is to roll out the National Flagship Programme of Government of India, namely the – Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) in the State. ICPS aims at providing a holistic Child Protection Mechanism both at the Preventive and Rehabilitative aspect for Children in Need of Care and Protection and Children in Conflict with Law.
State Child Protection Society is mandated to implement all the components of the scheme (ICPS) in a manner as prescribed in the Scheme and the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000, repealed in 2015. SCPS, as the nomenclature suggest is the highest State Level Office to roll out all the components of this scheme and also to oversee and monitor the functionality and effectiveness of District level offices and other Civil Society Partners, who are a vital support to this scheme.
The key roles of SCPS are highlighted as under :
- Establishment of District Child Protection Units (DCPU) with adequate Human Resource and Infrastructures in all districts of Assam, with District Child Protection Officer as the head of the Unit.
- Establishing Special Juvenile Police Units, Child Welfare Committees and Juvenile Justice Boards in all districts of Assam and to provide requisite support for their smooth functioning.
- SCPS has to ensure that the State Government either by themselves or through Civil Society (NG0s) will establish Child care Institutions, like Children Home, Observation Home, Open Shelter, Special Home, Specialized Adoption Agency and Place of Safety for Children in Need of Care and Protection and Children in Conflict with Law and also will oversee to their care standards as mentioned in the Juvenile Justice Act.
- SCPS will ensure that Non-Institutional components of the Scheme like Sponsorship and Foster Care will be rolled out across the State.
- SCPS is to ensure that After Care Programme in the State is rolled out for smooth transition of an adolescent his/her adulthood.
- SCPS to ensure capacity building of all ICPS functionaries through Training.
- SCPS to ensure effective implementation of other child protection policies and programs at the State, district and local levels.
- SCPS to spread awareness on child protection issues and concerns and all child related legislations and schemes though various IEC materials, trainings and public meetings.