Child Care homes don’t paint a Rosy Picture
04, Jan 2019
Prelims level : Nothing much Mains level : GS 3: mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.
- A pan-India survey of childcare institutions (CCI) conducted by the Centre has highlighted poor safety and security measures, inadequate monitoring of these facilities, and a lack of effort to trace parents of missing children sent to these homes.
- The detailed report shows that only 46.7% of the total homes had adequate number of caregivers per child and only 28.7% centres were able to tend to inmates showing signs of hunger or illness and 65.9% of homes were able to actively supervise children under trauma. The report also says that the lack of infrastructure facilities is “glaring” and finds that more than 1,000 homes did not have a dormitory for children, raising questions about sleeping arrangements made for them.
- The report finds that even though there are several mechanisms for monitoring, regular inspections of these shelters were not being carried out.