The National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has launched a “CiSS application” under the Baal Swaraj portal to help in the rehabilitation process of Children in Street Situations. (CiSS)


About Baal Swaraj portal

  • Baal Swaraj is a portal launched by NCPCR for online tracking and digital real-time monitoring mechanism of children in need of care and protection.
  • The portal has two functions- COVID care and CiSS. COVID Care link caters to the children who have lost either or both parents due to COVID-19 or otherwise post March 2020.
  • It follows six stages framework for the rehabilitation of children.
      • The first stage is the collection of the child’s details, which is accomplished through the portal.
      • The second stage is Social Investigating Report (SIR) i.e. investigating the child’s background. This is done under the supervision of the District Child Protection Unit (DCPU) by the District Child Protection Officer (DCPO) by conversing and counselling the child.
      • The third stage is formulating an Individual Care Plan (ICP) for the child.
      • The fourth stage is the order of the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) based on the SIR submitted to the CWC.
      • The fifth stage is allocating the schemes and benefits that the beneficiary can avail of.
      • And in the sixth stage, a checklist is made for the evaluation of the progress i.e. (Follow Ups).


About NCPCR –

  • The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) is a statutory body formed under the Commission for Protection of Child Rights Act, 2005. It works towards achieving a child rights-centric approach in all the laws, programmes, policies and administrative mechanisms in India. It functions under the Ministry of Women & Child Development of the central government.
      • It strives to ensure that all laws and policies in the country are in consonance with the rights of children as emphasised by the Indian Constitution as well as with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
      • A child is defined as any person between the ages of 0 and 18 years.
      • The Commission acknowledges the universality and inviolability of child rights.
      • It focuses on children that form a part of the most vulnerable sections of society.
      • The Commission sees every right of the child as equally important and hence, does not grade the rights according to importance.
      • The Commission is also mandated with responsibilities under two other acts, namely – Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012, and Right to Education Act, 2009.
  • The NCPCR has been constituted by the Government as an act of Parliament as mentioned above. Hence, it is a statutory organisation. It consists of the following members:
      • Chairperson – Person of eminence and who has an exemplary record of work in child welfare.
      • Six members – A minimum of two women members, Should have experience in the following fields – Education, Child health, care, welfare or child development, Juvenile justice or care of neglected or marginalised children or children with disabilities, Elimination of child labour or children in distress, Child psychology or sociology, and Laws relating to children.