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WCD Ministry to formulate guidelines for children hostels

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Women and will formulate guidelines for children hostels, prescribing a minimum standards of care that includes adequate safety and periodic inspections.

Women and Child Development said Wednesday children staying at hostels, including those attached to schools, are as vulnerable as those at any other facility like child-care institutions (CCIs) and daycare centres.

"Therefore, we decided to formulate a set of guidelines to ensure adequate safety, minimum standard of living conditions and periodic inspections of hostels, she said.

The Ministry has directed the (NCPCR) to draft guidelines in consultation with stakeholders and we plan to have these guidelines notified under the Juvenile Justice Act or the JJ Rules," she said.

To ensure safety and wellbeing of children at school hostels, the will be sharing the guidelines with the for dissemination among schools providing boarding facility.

The has also notified all states and Union Territories to undertake inspection of all Child Care Institutions and related facilities and ensure their registration.

As per Section 41 of the Juvenile Justice Act 2015, registration of all CCIs, whether funded by government or not, is mandatory. The penalty of non-registration is prescribed under Section 42 of the Act.

The added that registration under the JJ Act is also mandatory for all CCIs running in the form of hostels.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 19:00 IST
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