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NCPCR updates guidelines on protection of street children

NEW DELHI – To protect and rehabilitate the children living on the streets, India’s top child rights body, the National Commission for Protection of Children’s Rights ( NCPCR), has released a revised standard operating procedure. The new guidelines aim to “strengthen the processes and interventions” that work towards the welfare of children on the streets and their families. They focus on children forced to work to eat each day, working in unhealthy occupations on the streets, like rag-picking or begging. Children who are subjected to physical abuse, sexual exploitation and live in abysmally poor sanitary condition have also been focused upon. The street children have been divided into three broad categories: those who are living on the streets all alone and with no support, those who spend most of their time on the streets but go home to a slum at night and those whose entire families live on the streets. The SOPs have been developed in collaboration with Save the Children, a non-profit organization.

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