Srinagar, Oct 17: An orientation and introductory workshop of the newly recruited staff engaged under Integrated Child Protection Scheme ICPS of all the districts of Kashmir Division was organized today by Mission Directorate ICPS, Child Resource Centre CRC and UNICEF. The workshop was held at CRC office, Bhagat, Srinagar.
According to a statement issued to KNS, each district was represented by One Protection Officer (Institutional Care), Protection Officer (Non-Institutional Care) and Legal cum Probationary Officer. The objective of the workshop was to choose master trainers from the DCPU’s through various exercises. The master trainers would in turn be trained in a way that they will help districts with capacity building on ICPS and J&K Juvenile Justice Act 2013. The workshop was moderated by Hilal Ahmad Bhat, Consultant UNICEF. He also gave a presentation on J&K Juvenile Justice Act 2013 and different nuances of the ICPS Scheme. A separate workshop of a similar kind will be held for all the districts in Jammu division.
Sajad Ahmad Khan, Commissioner Secretary to Government, Social Welfare Department, was the chief guest on the occasion. Sajad Ahmad Khan in his address stressed the need for the staff to put their best foot forward in order to provide for the protection needs of Children and make the ICPS scheme a success.
G.A. Sofi, Mission Director ICPS, welcomed the staff from District Child Protection Units DCPU’s into the fold of the ICPS team.
He also thanked Sajad Gani Lone, Honorable Minister for Social Welfare, ARI Trainings and Science and Technology for his vision to implement the ICPS scheme in the state of J&K.
M. Iqbal Lone, Chairperson Child Resource Centre CRC and Commissioner Persons with Disabilities (PWD’s) speaking on the occasion shared his experiences with the participants and extended full support on part of CRC for effective implementation of Integrated Child Protection Scheme ICPS. He also thanked the participant and other dignitaries for time and valuable inputs.
The participants shared their perspective and appreciated the initiatives taken by authorities for ensuring children are protected from various vulnerabilities which are more severe in a fragile context like Jammu and Kashmir. The District Officers requested for more such programs in future. (KNS)