To protect and care for children, a District Child Protection Unit is being constituted in Tiruchi. The unit will address issues related to street children, child trafficking and child abuse.
Similar Child Protection units are being formed in every district under the State Child Protection Society, administered by the Department of Social Defence, Tamil Nadu. The Child Protection units will seek to offer care and protection for persons under 18 as outlined under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2000.
The District Child Protection Unit will play a crucial role in implementation of the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS), a recently launched scheme administered by the Department of Social Defence.
The ICPS is reckoned as an umbrella scheme integrating all child related issues under one programme.
Initially, the focus of the unit would include monitoring and provision of shelter for street children, curbing child trafficking.