Polity & Governance Prelims cum Mains

SC finds audit of child shelters ‘frightening’

The News

  • The Supreme Court called the preliminary contents of a social audit conducted by the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) as frightening.

 

Background

  • An audit is being conducted by NCPCR in compliance with a Supreme Court order on May 5, 2017
  • The NCPCR is carrying out an audit of child care institutions (CCIs) and other bodies such as children homes, open shelters, observation homes, special homes, places of safety, specialised adoption agencies and fit facilities under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 and Model Rules.
  • Recently, an affidavit has been filed by NCPCR before a Supreme Court Bench.
  • The commission intends to complete the audit by October.

 

Audit Report till now

  • Out of a total of 2,874 children’s homes surveyed, only 54 institutions could be given positive reviews.
  • The preliminary survey had found that out of 185 shelter homes audited across the country, only 19 institutions had all the records of a child that they are supposed to maintain.
  • Of the 203 special adoption agencies, only eight deserved positive reviews.
  • Similarly, only 16% of the 172 observation homes audited till July 31, 2018, had all the required records of the children, like case histories and who are residing there.

 

About National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR)

  • The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) was set up in March 2007 under the Commissions for Protection of Child Rights (CPCR) Act, 2005.
  • National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) is a statutory body under the Commissions for Protection of Child Rights (CPCR) Act, 2005 under the administrative control of the Ministry of Women & Child Development, Government of India.
  • The Commission’s Mandate is to ensure that all Laws, Policies, Programmes, and Administrative Mechanisms are in consonance with the Child Rights perspective as enshrined in the Constitution of India and also the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • The Child is defined as a person in the 0 to 18 years age group.

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