A safe haven has been created for children in conflict with the law.
What’s it about? The social welfare and women empowerment department has formed a committee to set up and run a Place of Safety in the Chengalpattu district. Built across more than 3,400 sq m, it’ll house 100 children in conflict with the law. The committee will monitor and review the facility’s functioning.
- The facility will be registered per Section 41 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015. It’ll have facilities and services for rehabilitating children and young adults.
- The committee will also oversee staff appointments per Mission Vatsalya. It’s a centrally-sponsored scheme to promote family-based non-institutional care of children living in difficult circumstances.
Existing facilities: There is only one such Place of Safety in Vellore, housing 40 children. Apart from this, there are nine observational homes, two special homes, and three aftercare homes across the state.