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CHILDLINE 1098 Service » 1098 Events » CHILDLINE Advisory Board (CAB) Meetings, 2015

The CHILDLINE Advisory Board (CAB) is the principal policy making body of CHILDLINE at the city and block level. It is responsible for ensuring the effective functioning of the CHILDLINE service. While the composition of the board may vary according to the requirements of each town or city, the suggested members comprise of representatives from the Social Welfare Department, Women and Child Development, Municipal Corporation, ICDS, Education board, Police, Health institutions, Juvenile Justice Board, Railways, Media Telecommunications, resource organizations, NGO’s, corporate and concerned citizens.

The key tasks of the CAB include reviewing the functioning of CHILDLINE and suggesting measures to enhance the service. In every CHILDLINE city a CAB is formed as a protocol soon after the CHILDLINE service is launched in that city. The CAB acts as a panel that brings together decision makers of allied systems organizations and presents issues faced by children that are brought to the forefront through open house sessions and case interventions. CAB meets are scheduled once every quarter and has proved to be a platform for CHILDLINE to directly interface with allied systems to resolve issues and ensure that all allied system organizations actively participate in Child Protection.

Some significant outcomes from the CAB meetings during the last year:

  • CHILDLINE Meerut will be supported by the Telecom Department to carry out a campaign to spread awareness on 1098
  • Chattisgarh had a lot of positive impact post the CAB meetings. A suggestion box will be installed in every school. Along with this a CHILDLINE painting will be put up on the school walls. The DCPU and WCD have ensured coordination for proper rehabilitation of children rescued by CHILDLINE. Also the 1098 message will be printed in all school buses and city buses for mass awareness
  • CHILDLINE Nagoan will be provided with a lady escort from the police department while handling cases regarding the girl child. Details related to missing children will be published in newspaper dailies with the support from the DIPR
  • District hospitals in Udaipur will present cradle facilities to CHILDLINE Udaipur to keep rescued abandoned children and provide free and priority medical assistance to children brought in by CHILDLINE
  • In Mandya a circular was issued to all Child Mariage Prohibition Officers (CMPOs) to take action against child marriage and publish advertisements in newspapers to provide information regarding child marriage and its ill effects.
  • In Bidar the District Collector instructed CHILDLINE to carry out the age verification process at the district hospital with the help of allied departments in cases related to child labour. If the child is above 14 years of age then he/she can be sent to a shelter home to meet his/her immediate requirements.
  • The District Collector in Hospet has directed the District Child Protection Unit (DCPU) to have an open shelter in Hospet taluka, as since Hospet is a tourism area the issue of child beggary is highly spread here
  • CHILDLINE Idukki has been asked to organize a Children’s Adalath (Children’s Parliament) to identify the problems faced by children and seek solutions to these problems
  • Mass awareness programmes in schools and public places to be carried out by CHILDLINE Kolhapur
  • In Namakkal, the Department of Social Welfare & Social Defence has been directed to identify existing homes in the district as fit institutions to receive rescued children
  • Deputy Collector of Nashik discussed with the District Probation Officer, DWCD and the District Planning Committee to approve and provide rescue vans to CHILDLINE Nashik during interventions with child labourers and child beggars
  • CHILDLINE’s animation film ‘Komal’ to be screened in all Government and Government aided schools across Ramanathapuram
  • As per the CAB meeting held at Kannur, it was decided to put up awareness boards on child marriage and child sexual abuse in Aralam Resettlement Area with support from Kerala Scheduled Tribe Development Department
  • CHILDLINE Ratnagiri to organise sensitization programmes on 1098 for Anganwadi workers