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It has been developed by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) in collaboration with Railway Children India. The document will serve as a framework to develop child-friendly environment at all Railway Stations.
It is estimated that every five minutes, a child arrives alone at a railway station in India. As a result, he or she is vulnerable to several risks. Hence, it is important to strengthen protection mechanisms at stations.
The launch of ‘Standard Operating Procedure to ensure care and protection of children’ by the railways and ministry of women and child development in 2015 was a pioneering document. However, there are many stations where the SOP is yet to be launched.
The guidebook will help to fill this gap.
A large scale awareness campaign to sensitise the entire railway staff and other stake holders like porters and vendors at stations would be launched from June 8 in collaboration with NCPCR.