Journal of SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK January 2009
In India there are several NGOs toassist or care for those who arevulnerable
particularly children.It is the responsibility of management and staff of such NGOsto ensure that children are notharmed in any way. NGOs havelegal and moral responsibility to actprudently and take all reasonablesteps within their power to ensurethe safe development of childrenunder their care. Management andstaff of NGOs are expected to findout the relevant laws, applicabilityto their organization and implementwherever appropriate. Thoughmost of the NGOs are managed byphilanthropists in India, it hasbecome common now that theystarted employing professionallytrained social workers to play a keyrole through professionalmanagement. Of the various work,it is the prime responsibility of socialworker in a child welfare institutionto frame and follow child protectionpolicy in line with UN Charter onChild Protection.
Child protection by the NGO refersto all reasonable measures takenby agencies working with childrenand their families to ensure that therisks of harm to children areminimized; and concerns aboutchildren and young people’swelfare are maximized. Securingprotection of children within anorganization not only promotes thewelfare of children but alsoenhances the confidence of management, staff, volunteers,parents and carers with the generalpublic.
Benefits to NGOs
Protecting children is beneficial toan NGO in many ways:
Enhancing its reputation.
Helping to effectively meet itsobjectives.
Improving its financial resources.
Child Protection Policy:The Role of Childline
Narayana Raja P N
Dr. Narayana Raja P N
, Principal, Madurai Institute of Social Sciences;President, Boys Town Society, Thirumangalam; Hon. Director, Juvenile GuidanceBureau, Madurai, Govt. of Tamilnadu; Coordinator – Resource centre for Educational Counselling, Madurai.