The draft of the proposed Balochistan Child Welfare and Protection Bill of 2011 was unveiled at a workshop organised by the provincial government in collaboration with Sparc and Unicef on Thursday.
Sparc’s national manager Rashad Aziz said that suggestions for the draft of the proposed bill had been received by his organisation during meetings with officials of departments of social welfare, women development and special education.
He said: “The proposed bill focuses on providing protection to children against violence, harm, injury, abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment and exploitation in Balochistan.”
He said that after the passage of the bill, a Child Welfare and Protection Bureau shall be set up for monitoring the work of the child protection unit at district level.
He said that a retired high court judge should be a member of the board to supervise the Child Protection Bureau, and that there would be separate male and female child protection officers.
He added that the proposed law would keep a check to prevent children from being used for illegal purposes, besides curbing child labour and defining the role of foster parents.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 22nd, 2011.