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NATIONAL CHILD RIGHTS COUNCIL

Brief Information

1. INTRODUCTION

The Government of Nepal has formed National Child Rights Council as per the Section 59 of Children's Act, 2018 under the chairpersonship of the Women, Children and Senior Citizens Minister in order to protect and promote the rights of children by transforming Central Child Welfare Board formed under Children's Act, 1992. According to the Children's Regulation, 1994 (Second Amendment, 2020), there are altogether 25 members consisting of 12 representatives of federal ministries, National Planning Commission and Nepal Police, secretary of Social Development Ministry of 7 provinces and 4 members nominated by the Government of Nepal from civil society, and Executive Director of the Council as a Member-Secretary.  

2. ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

1 Minister, Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens  Chair
2 Secretary, Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens  Member
3 AIG, Police Headquarter (looking after children)  Member
4 Joint-secretary, Ministry of Finance       Member
5 Joint-secretary, Prime Minister's Office (looking after children)  Member
6 Joint-secretary, Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs       Member
7 Joint-secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs    Member
8 Joint-secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (dealing with local level)   Member
9 Joint-secretary, Ministry of Health and Population  Member
10 Joint-secretary, Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security   Member
11 Joint-secretary, National Planning Commission (child sector)  Member
12  Division chief, Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens        Member
13 Joint-secretary, Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration (dealing with local level)  Member
14 Secretary, Ministry of Social Development (7 provinces),  Member
15 At least 2 females of 4 members nominated by the GoN among the persons worked for at least 10 years in the areas  of child rights, protection or justice     Member
16 Executive director of the Council        Member-secretary

3. RIGHTS, DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE COUNCIL

1 Approve the long-term policy, plan and annual program budget of the Council.
2 Provide suggestions to the federal, provincial and local government in order to adopt required policy, legal, plan, program and institutional measures for respect, protection, promotion and fulfilling the rights of children.
3 Provide suggestions by monitoring, evaluating and reviewing programs conducted by the Government of Nepal.
4 Facilitate to prepare periodic report in line with International Conventions in which Nepal is a party.
5 Coordinate with and facilitate to Provincial and Local Child Rights Committee for monitoring, evaluating and reviewing the programs conducted by provincial and local government.
6 Strengthen capacity of concerned stakeholders in course of protecting and promoting the rights of children.
7 Publicize annual report of state of children based on information and report received from Provincial and Local Child Rights Committee.
8 Develop, operate, manage and strengthen child related national information system.
9 Manage office of the Council, human resources and financial resources, and mobilize and develop capacity.
10 Implement required programs for protection and promotion of the rights of children by mobilizing assistance received from bi-lateral and multi-lateral development partners with the consent of Ministry of Finance.
11 Conduct specific national campaign for protecting and promoting the rights of children by prioritizing the plan, annual policy and program approved by the Government of Nepal.
12 Determine basic needs to be availed to children resided in child care home, child correction home, temporary protection service centre and rehabilitation centre in recommendation of Local Child Rights Committee.

4. FIVE-YEAR STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK OF THE COUNCIL

   A. Vision: Country fit for each and every child.

   B. Mission: Develop NCRC as a specific agency in order to facilitate the issues of the rights of children.

   C. Goal: Assurance of the rights of children.

   D. Believe and Assumption/Values

1 Every child has innate capacity, and basic services are essential to exalt the personality of children.
2 Every child is a foundation for human capital development and future of the country.
3 Responsibilities of state mechanism should be strong towards needy children.
4 Each organization and agency can contribute to the cause of children.

E.Principles:

1 Non-discrimination but affirmative actions
2 Best interests of the child
3 Long life and development of the child
4 Respect to views of children
5 Identify & value of and collaboration & cooperation with professional institutions

F. Objectives:

The main objective of this framework is to develop capacity of the Council and Provincial and Local Child Rights Committee in course of protecting and promoting the rights of children. The specific objectives are to -

1 develop child-friendly environment in local, provincial and federal level,
2 contribute to strengthen child protection system,
3 strengthen capacity of child related stakeholders,
4 facilitate to mainstream the cause of children in development process, and
5 strengthen monitoring and evaluation.

5. STRATEGIC ACTIONS   

1 Facilitate to federal, provincial and local government for effective implementation of child friendly law, policy, plan and programs.
2 Facilitate in developing policies, guidelines and standards of different aspects of the cause of children.
3 Develop coordination, collaboration and network among government, non-government and corporate sector
4 Strengthen capacity of the Council, Provincial and Local Child Rights Committee, and other concerned stakeholders.
5 Contribute to improve child protection system.
6 Develop capacity and mobilize National Centre for Children at-Risk -NCCR (Toll Free No. 104) and Child Helpline (Toll Free No. 1098).
7 Conduct campaign of targeted programs based on priority of the issues of children.
8 Conduct child rights related awareness raising programs.
9 Strengthen information management, research, publication, monitoring and evaluation.
10 Advocate with three tiers government for increasing investment for children.
11 Manage financial resources:
  • Increase partnership with UN agencies and INGOs.
  • Advocate with the donors like, multilateral & bilateral agencies, World Band and Asian Development Bank for cooperation.
  • Compete child related project proposals called by national and international agencies and organizations.
  • Request private/corporate sector for cooperation and collaboration for the cause of children.