State Level Workshop on Continuous Professional Development of Staff of Child Care Institutions of Assam

Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR) in collaboration and support from National Commission for Protection of Child Rights organized a two days ‘State Level Workshop on Continuous Professional Development of Staff of Child Care Institutions of Assam’ on December 7th and 8th, 2017 at Bhabendra Aloy, Guwahati, Assam.

With the recent development in laws, schemes and policies regarding Child rights and the realization, that a child’s mental state and heath determines its growth and development, the ASCPCR strongly felt the need for continuous professional development of people working with children, especially children in need of care and protection and in conflict with law.

The workshop saw members of CCIs and also other Child Rights agencies participate and benefit from the experts who shared information and knowledge on issues related to child psychology, and how to handle the sensitive minds of children, both normal and differently abled.

The Chairperson, ASCPCR, Dr. Sunita Changkakati, here mentioned of the Plight of children with special needs and how their needs should be addressed, to mainstream them to the normal system. She mentioned that there is a dire requirement to develop the skills to attend to children in need of special care and protection, at regular intervals.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri.Nazrul Islam Choudhury, IAS, Secretary to the Govt. of Assam, Social Welfare Department, drew special attention to the children with special needs category and the issue of their protection and development. He urged the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights to take up the issue of inclusive education and other rights of the children with special needs so that these children also get opportunity to grow and develop to their fullest.

Smt. Rupa Kapoor, Member, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, while addressing the house, mentioned about the recent cases across the country wherein suicides by students, abuse by and on children and other such acts have stressed the requirement of learning and developing one’s knowledge and skills. She stressed that working for children is no philanthropy and that the children have all set of rights for their protection and development. She quoted examples of using therapy such as Art, Music, Dance, Vocational activities to channelize the energy of the children in a positive way.

Among guests and resource person were, Dr. Rachna Bhargava, Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychology, AIIMS, Dr. Bornali Das, GMCH, Dr. Biswadip Chatterjee, Assistant Professor, National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, AIIMS, Dr. Rajesh Sagar, Professor, Dept. Psychiatry, AIIMS, Dr. Chiranjeeb Kakoty, Director NESPYM, Dr. Dipesh Bhagwati, Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, GMCH and Smt. Shaista Khan Shah, Technical Expert, NCPCR. Smt. Anuja Bhuyan, ACS, Secretary and Members of the Assam SCPCR Dr. Pilu Hazarika, Dr. Nani Gopal Goswami, Smt. Indrani Tahbildar, and Smt. Rupa Hazarika were also present during the workshop.