SOP on Rehabilitation of Children

The Ministry of Women and Child Development has developed a Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for rehabilitation of children in conflict with law under the Juvenile Justice System.

About | SOP on Rehabilitation of Children

  • The said SOP aims to emphasise the cause of rehabilitation and social reintegration by providing for types of institutional care, after care services, foster care and sponsorship to such children.
  • The SOP is based on the principles of presumptive innocence and best interest of the child. 

Objectives |SOP on Rehabilitation of Children

  • The objective of the SOP is to reduce incarceration while protecting children from violence, abuse and exploitation.
  • The SOP promotes rehabilitation that involves families and communities as a safer, more appropriate and effective approach than punitive measures.
  • The SOP has been designed to be a useful guide for stakeholders while dealing with children in conflict with law such as functionaries of child care institutions, Juvenile Justice Boards/ Children’s Courts, National and State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, State/UT Governments and Police etc.

Stakeholders |SOP on Rehabilitation of Children 

  • The Ministry adopted a consultative process in developing the SOP by engaging with experts and advocates on issues of child rights and National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR).
  • It was also placed on the website of the Ministry of WCD for seeking comments from various stakeholders.    

Significance |SOP on Rehabilitation of Children

The SOP will help to provide possibilities and opportunities to children in conflict with law to reintegrate in the society.

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