Social Welfare and Bait-ul-Maal Department has developed partnership with UNICEF for the promotion and protection of the rights of the child and implementation of Pakistan’s ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
UNICEF is providing technical and financial support for the promotion and protection of the rights of the child.
Child Protection Program
In order to give a central focus to the rights of the child, Social Welfare Department established a Child Rights Cell (CRC) to implement the Child Protection Program (CPP) with technical and financial support of UNICEF.
The objectives of the Child Protection Program (CPP) are to establish a reliable system/ mechanism to ensure that the child rights are protected & realized with effective strategies derived from the UNICEF’s protective environment framework and to undertake initiatives for the adoption of laws and policies and for the creation of mechanisms to implement the United Nation - Child Right Convention at the provincial and district level.
Enlisted below are the activities that are being carried out under the umbrella of CPP:
- Drafting Child Protection Policy Punjab (after incorporation of recommendation of relevant stakeholders i.e. line departments and NGOs, the finalized draft of policy has been forwarded to Planning & Development Department for approval)
- Formulation of Minimum Caring Standards For Child Caring Institutions (Department is in process for development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for its implementation)
- Review of Child Marriage Act (the Department has drafted Child Marriage Prohibition Act 2014 Punjab with consultation of Alliance against Child Marriages a group of NGOs, the draft of the Act is in consultative process with ulema-e-ikram)
- The strategic plan of Social Welfare Department has been endorsed (Action Plans will be developed for its implementation)
- Initiation of Community Based Child Protection System (CBCPS) in Rahim Yar Khan, Bahawalpur and Rajanpur
Rehabilitation of Children Formerly Involved in Camel Racing (CICR)
Under the project the repatriated children are provided conditional cash grant of PKR 600 per month as educational stipend through an endowment fund on a fixed deposit of PKR 72,000 per child as investment certificate to be handed over until the child attains the age of 18 years, along with a business plan for income generation.