A two-day orientation course for Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) officials and counselors was held on December 17 and 18 at Circuit House, Dimapur.
Resource persons were Dr. S. Barik, programme director, NIPCCD, Guwahati and Subonenba Longkumer, project director, Community Educational Centre Society (CECS). Dr. S. Barik stressed on improving the wellbeing of children in difficult circumstances and reducing vulnerabilities to situations and actions that lead to abuse, neglect, exploitation, abandonment and separation. It may be noted that Integrated Child Protection Scheme aims and provides access to child protection services, to enhance quality of child protection services, to increase awareness on child rights and protection.
After the second session the trainees were then taken to the AWTC (Anganwadi Training Centre) to observe the training of field level functionaries. Subonenba Longkumer highlighted the need to pay attention to vulnerable children who may be domestic helpers, rag pickers, street children, abandoned/neglected children, children employed in hotels, garages, factories and other unsafe environments, irrespective of being a local or a non- local.
On the second day, a field trip was made to a Child Care Institution (CCI), Mothers Hope. The Integrated Child Protection Scheme officials were given briefing on the functioning and management in Mothers Hope by Moamenla, the Managing Director.