New fund to  protect children

By Azra Ameen and Pabodha Hettige

The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA), is planning to launch a child protection fund before end November to promote awareness among the people of the importance of child protection and to guard them from being abused by various anti social forces, Chairman, NCPA, Anoma Dissanayake told The Island.

"The fund which should have been implemented a decade ago never materialized and President Mahinda Rajapaksa has urged the Authority to commence its implementation," she said.

The fund would enable NCPA to conduct islandwide programmes to increase awareness on child protection and also would be used to build shelters for children exposed to various types of abuses, she said.

"The NCPA expects donations from the public to strengthen the fund to help the affected children," Dissanayake said.

Recently a sub committee comprising 12 members had been appointed to look into complaints received on their hot line, Dissanayake said.

A sub-committee would also look forward to amend the National Child Protection Authority Act. No 50 of 1998 and laws regarding children set out in the penal code. It would also formulate a procedure on how to minimize child abuse and create a safer environment for children.

The Authority was already conducting awareness programmes in villages such as Medirigiriya since most people were not aware of the laws related to children, Dissanayake said.

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