Nobel Laureate Gabriela Mistral was apt in saying, “We are guilty of many errors and many faults, but our worst crime is abandoning the children, neglecting the fountain of life. Many of the things we need can wait. The child cannot.”
A safe, secure and protective environment is both the need and the right of every child. The Government of India promulgated laws and policies to secure a safe and protective environment for all children of the country. It has repeatedly stated issues relating to children as urgent priority.
The state of Gujarat is committed to creating a fair, equitable and protective environment for children. It has been working towards ensuring that issues of child rights are addressed in the state and has been striving to create awareness about issues relevant to children.
With extensive support from the Social Justice and Empowerment Department the scheme focuses on realizing the cardinal principles of “Protection of Child Rights” and “Best Interest of the Child”. In doing so, it collaborates with multiple stakeholders including the Departments of Education, Health, Home, Labor, Woman and Child Development and Justice among others, Judiciary, NGOs, local communities and Civil Society organizations.
Under ICPS, the department focuses on prevention and pre-emption of violations of child rights in the state. The scheme works towards implementing the services, structures and processes to ensure a protective environment for all children especially vulnerable children.
While a lot has been achieved over the years, much remains to be done. Creating a safe and secure environment for children is our collective responsibility and a continuous process. Issues ailing children are neither insulated nor isolated, instead they arise or sustain as a result of our collective action and inaction.
I welcome you to join the team’s efforts in ensuring that every child is protected and safe in the state.
Together, we can make a difference.