The absence of a clearly defined child protection policy was direly felt during the response to last year’s floods. This culminated in unnecessary delays in responding to the children’s needs, said Save the Children Country Director David Wright. He was speaking at a two-day consultative workshop in Islamabad, said a press release issued by Save the Children on Friday. The participants discussed the Child Protection policy drafted by Save the Children and the Gender and Child Cell.
NDMA Chairman Zafar Iqbal Qadir said, “As the NDMA is mandated with the disaster management, there is a need to institutionalise child protection.”
Over 10 million children were affected by the 2010 floods and 576 children were separated from families.
The workshop aims to build a consensus on a child protection policy, especially in emergency situations.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 1st, 2011.
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