Karachi, March 02, 2018 (PPI-OT): Shamim Mumtaz, Advisor to Chief Minister on Social Welfare has said that children are our future, and there would be no compromise on the matters related to children. She was addressing to a two-day capacity-building training of districts focal persons on child rights and child protection, organized by Sindh Child Protection Authority in collaboration with DevCon an Association for Rural Development at Training Institute of the Social Welfare Department government of Sindh. The training was attended by focal persons of the authority from 29 districts of Sindh Province.

Director General Sindh Child Protection Authority Hafeezullah Abbasi welcomed the participants and said that the training was part of capacity building initiatives for senior staff of the Authority on child rights and protection, existing laws pertaining to children, and future mechanisms to be rolled out at district level. He further emphasized that the Authority was proactively pursuing its future milestones in partnership with stakeholders including DevCon.

Nisar Ahmed Nizamani, Chief Executive Officer DevCon told the participants that the Association has had been engaged with SWD on child protection since 2010 through piloting of Child Protection Unit (CPU) model in different districts of Sindh. The model had proved an effective referral mechanism which envisaged heavy engagement of duty bearers specially the government line agencies.

Iqbal Ahmed Detho, child rights trainer, emphasized on the role of coordination mechanisms between Police, Woman Development Department, medico-legal services for the children who were the victims of abuse, violence, neglect and exploitation in the society. He told that Sindh Child Protection Authority Act -2011 had the mandate of licensing, monitoring and regulation of Child Protection Institutions both in public and private sectors. He further told that Child Protection Units at districts level needed resource allocation so that they could effectively deal with cases lodged at these Units.

Shahid Shafique, Faculty Member of Sindh Judicial Academy, conducted brainstorming session with the participants through creating a hypothetical situation analysis. The exercise led to making participants understand their role as Child Protection Officers and the appropriate provision in the law for dealing with protection related cases. He also briefed participants on The Sindh Children Act 1955 and role of judiciary in dealing with the cases of children.

Aliya Shahid spoke about taking measures for preventive measures for children against violations. She emphasized that the willingness for the work was very necessary for an impact oriented work. She said efforts were being taken at all levels to expedite the role out of CP Authority plans.

Shamim Mumtaz, Advisor to Chief Minister on SW, emphasized that children are our future. There is no space to compromise on the matters related to children. She said our political leadership is very dedicated to work for promotion and protection of the rights of the children. Further, the department is busy in devising future road map as well. SWD has mandate to deal with issues of children, old age person and women.

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