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Govt. of West Bengal

Department of Women & Child Development and Social Welfare

About State Child Protection Society (SCPS)

SCPS is the State level structure under ICPS. Established in 2010, it was run by the government officials till 2012. Most of the contractual staff joined in January, 2013 and SCPS became fully functional after that.

SCPS is headed by Dr. ShashiPanja, the Minister-in-Charge, WCD&SW and run by the Executive Committee and the Governing Body.

Ms. RoshniSen, Secretary, WCD & SW is the Executive Chairperson .

Senior officials of Allied /Line Departments, NGOs, Experts are members of SCPS Governing body and Executive Committee.

As mandated in ICPS Guidelines, SCPS is responsible for implementation of ICPS and other child protection policies and programmes at the State level. It ensures setting up and functioning of Structures and Statutory Bodies. Child Welfare Committees (CWC) and Juvenile Justice Boards (JJB) are functional in all districts and SCPS is monitoring their functioning through monthly and quarterly progress reports. SCPS monitors all programmes, institutions/agencies housing children in the State.

Under institutional care, Child Care Institutes (CCIs) are being registered by SCPS. At present, 19 Government run CCIs and 35 NGO run CCIs are functional in the State. More CCIs are applying for registration and the process is regulated by SCPS.

ICPS is being implemented in the 20 districts through the District Child Protection Units (DCPU). Annual Project Implementation Plan (APIP) is drawn up by SCPS on the basis of PIPs received from the DCPUs. The APIP is then placed before the Project Sanctioning Committee (PSC) for approval. After PSC approval, the plan is approved by the Executive Committee and the Governing Body. The APIP which includes the budget is then placed before the Project Advisory Board (PAB) under MWCD for sanction.

SCPS co-ordinates and supervises all training and capacity building programmes in the State. In the last three Financial Years, SCPS has organized workshops and training programmes for CWCs, members of JJBs, CCIs, DCPOs, and other staff of DCPUs. These programmes were organized in collaboration with Unicef, Save the Children and other reputed NGO partners.

Under non- institutional care, domestic and inter-country adoption is being regulated by State Adoption Resource Agency (SARA), West Bengal under supervision of Central Adoption Resource Authority. As per ICPS guidelines, Sponsorship and Foster Care Approval Committees (SFCAC) have been formed in the districts. Rehabilitative Sponsorship scheme has rolled out in the districts. The Model Foster Care Guidelines have been circulated in the districts and the Foster Care programme will soon be initiated by SCPS.

Activities and achievements of SCPS

  • Aftercare services for reintegration of young adults (18-21 years) have been initiated.
  • Foster Care Guidelines have been circulated in the districts.
  • Co –ordination meetings have been organized in clusters with DCPU, CWC, JJB, SJPU and DLSA.
  • Infrastructural development in GO and NGO Homes have been undertaken.
  • Doctors have been provided by IMA in the Homes for regular health check- up of children.
  • Special efforts have been made by the Department and the CCIs to provide formal education and Vocational Training to children
  • Regular Video Conference is being organized with DSWOs, DCPOs and Home Superintendents to discuss ICPS related issues.
  • CPCs have been formed at Block, Ward and Gram Samsad levels
  • Capacity building programme of all stakeholders is being undertaken on a regular basis.
  • Web based child protection Management Information System is being maintained through the TrackCHILD 2.0 portal.
  • Intra and Inter-State restoration and Cross border repatriation of children is being done on a regular basis. The process is facilitated by West Bengal Task Force which is meant for rescue, restoration, repatriation and integration of Trafficked victims.The WBTF has also a SOP with Bangladesh for safe repatriation of Bangladeshi children.
  • SARA regulates,supervises,implements and monitors the adoption process in the state .It has undertaken regular meeting ,capacity building programmes,sensitisation workshops etc. for all 24(Twenty Four) Specialised Adoption Agencies .

Convergent efforts are being made to prevent child trafficking under the leadership of Department of Women and Child Development and Social Welfare and Directorate of Child Rights and Trafficking

Contact Us

Govt. of West Bengal

Address : Shaishali, Directorrate of Child Right and Trafficking,
Sector-1, Salt lake City, DF Block,
Kolkata, State:West engal,

Pin Code : 700064

Phone No : 033-23595757

E-mail ID : scpswb@gmail.com.

Link to official website www.wbscps.in