The Youth for Social Development and Odisha State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (OSCPCR) launched a campaign, ‘Mental health of children: Ensuring protection and care’ on Monday at Dhobabandhhuda Slum in Brahmapur.
OSCPCR Chairperson Sandhyabati Pradhan inaugurated the campaign Rath which was rolled on the occasion. District Child Protection Officer Subodh Kumar Sarangi, Project Coordinator Sarat Maharana, District Social Welfare Officer Surekhasundari Mallik, Brahmapur Urban CDPO-1 and 2, supervisors, besides representatives from Action Aid and Youth for Social Development (YSD) were present.
Pradhan emphasized that every child needs a safe and protected environment for its growth and wellbeing. Parents, teachers, guardians and community should work together for ensuring a safe environment for children, she opined.
“The socioeconomic distress caused by the pandemic has made matters worse for children living in poverty. These include those at risk of child labour, early marriage and trafficking, children with special needs and those in care institutions. Besides, they are being exposed to increased exploitation and abuse,” she told.
In this context, the Odisha State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (OSCPCR), District Child Protection Unit, Action Aid and Youth for Social Development (YSD) is initiating the Child Protection Campaign Rath, a State level campaign to connect children and society, she added.