Childline 1098 to go; Government proposes new child helpline, care scheme for every child

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, 7 July

The government on Thursday made it mandatory for every district to have annual mapping of children at risk, installation of complaint boxes in every police station and child care institution and individual care plan for every child in need of care and protection.

The above and much more are defined under the responsibilities of the District Magistrate, who has been made in charge of child protection and assigned duties.

Issuing new guidelines under the centrally sponsored scheme Mission Vatsalya, the government also said that the existing child helpline will be integrated with the emergency helpline 112 run by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

This implies that Child Line – 1098 – the helpline currently in use will not function after the norms for the new Child Risk Response Mechanism are finalized and issued separately.

The guidelines, which have legal force, state that the district magistrate would be responsible for the implementation of the mission in the district and the district child protection unit would function under the supervision of the DM to ensure service delivery and care and safety of children in the district.

The DM will be required to develop the District Annual Action Plan in consultation with the stakeholders, ensure that the child gets safe benefits and entitlements under other existing schemes of the Government, conducts surprise visits to the child care institutions, installation of suggestion boxes in these institutions. Police stations and other places with large child populations investigate complaints and take action.

“Availability of children’s needs and resources to the DM, their vaccination, patterns of crime and violence against children and the action taken to arrest these offences, quality of child care institutions, status of sponsorship and foster care and missing Monthly meetings should be held to discuss Children lost, run away or dead in the CCI in the district,” the guidelines say.

They are essential in identifying families at risk and in need of care and protection through effective networking and linkage with Blocks and Gram Panchayats, a local vulnerability mapping of the district with reference to children in difficult situations and resource mapping of the district. Huh. of child related service providers.

“Ensure that each child in need of care and protection has an individualized care plan and the plan is reviewed regularly,” the guidance says, prompting states to register all child care institutions and submit their details on the respective portal. Uploading is mandatory.


Mission Vatsalya will be a centrally sponsored scheme to be shared with the Center and the States in the ratio of 60:40; For the 8 North-Eastern states and the two Himalayan states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the sharing will be 90:10 and for the Union Territories without Legislature, it will be 100 pc.

Use of scheme name mandatory for funding: Center to states

The government said that the states will have to use the name of the scheme to get funds under the scheme.