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Workshop held on Continuous Professional Development of Staff of Child Care Institutions of Assam

Avik Chakraborty

Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR) in collaboration and support from National Commission for Protection of Child Rights organised two days State Level Workshop on Continuous Professional Development of Staff of Child Care Institutions of Assam on December 7, 2017 at the Bhabendra Aloy in Guwahati.

Dr Sunita Changkakati, Chairperson of the Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights delivering her welcome address mentioned that the requirement of organizing this workshop is because of the recent development in the laws, schemes and policies relating to child protection and development.

 Changkakati mentioned that the plight of the children with special needs also needs to be addressed to mainstream them to the normal system.

 She mentioned that to take care of the children in the child care institutions, there is a dire requirement to understand the needs of the children and also to develop the skills at regular intervals. This workshop will help the staff of the child care institutions to develop their skills in dealing with children from different circumstances and to provide them quality services said Dr. Changkakati.

 Nazrul Islam Choudhury, IAS, Secretary to the Govt. of Assam, Social Welfare Department speaking to the participant cited examples from his child hood on how the children were treated with love care and affection to deal with. Focusing on the theme of the workshop he drew special attention to the children with special needs category and the issue of their protection and development. He further mentioned that it is recent trend that child care institutions have been set up like mushrooms and not all are with intentions to provide quality services but, there are institutions which have been providing required services to the children and thus the issue of the professional development of the staff of such child care institutions is very important.  Choudhury urged the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights to take up the issue of inclusive education and other rights of the children with special needs so that these children also get opportunity to grow and develop to their fullest.

Rupa Kapoor, Member, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights addressing to the house started with the issues and importance of the Mental Health needs of the children. She mentioned about the recent cases across the country wherein suicides by students, abuse by and on children and other such acts have stressed the requirement of learning and developing one’s knowledge and skills. She stressed that working for children is no philanthropy and that the children have all set of rights for their protection and development. She quoted examples of using therapy such as Art, Music, Dance, Vocational activities to channelize the energy of the children in a positive way to bring about change in them and for their progressive development. The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has developed a hand book for training the staff of the Child Care Institutions on dealing with children which has been developed after rigorous research and this will be helpful for all, mentioned Kapoor.

The two day long Workshop would focus on various state of mental health issues of the children and process and ways of dealing with issues of children. The focus would also be to develop the skills of the staff of the child care institutions across Assam so that the children develop in a healthy environment and also to train develop in them empathically addressing the problems of the children CCIs. The participants of the two day workshop are the Counsellor, Case worker and Superintendent of the Child Care Institutions and officials from the State Child Protection Society and District Child Protection Unit of Assam.

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