Source: News Bharati English19 May 2017 12:02:43

New Delhi, May 19: The Ministry of Women and Child Development have developed a Standard Operating Procedure for tracing missing children and their rehabilitation after recovery. Defining the roles and responsibilities of various stake holders such as police, Child Welfare Committees and Juvenile Justice Boards, the Procedure has been developed as per the Supreme Court's 2015 direction.

The procedure has been shared with all the Director Generals of Police and Principal Secretaries of States and Union Territories for further dissemination and use. The Apex court had observed that there are many Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) developed by States to trace out missing children and therefore, had directed the Ministry of WCD, to take help of TISS to compile a model SOP which may be used by all States, UTs to deal with cases of missing children and to follow a uniform procedure throughout the country.

The SOP for tracing of missing children is finalized in consonance with the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Model Rules 2016. The SOP mainly deals with the tracking of missing children and their rehabilitation after recovery. It defines roles and responsibilities of various stake holders such as Police, Child Welfare Committees (CWCs), Juvenile Justice Boards (JJBs) etc.

The objectives of the Standard Operating Procedure are:

  • To work in coordination with stakeholders and respond with urgency to issues of missing child
  • Create awareness and basic understanding of key concepts pertaining to missing children, child vulnerability and child protection
  • provide a set of comprehensive standard operating procedure for key stakeholders involved in child tracing, family tracing, repatriation, rehabilitation social reintegration and preventive work
  • Effectively work with all categories of missing/found/traced children and other group of vulnerable children at risk
  • Ensure expeditious and effective law enforcement including prosecution
  • Create mechanism and systems to prevent further victimization of missing children and ensure that appropriate and timely protection/care/attention is provided to victims/witnesses.