3rd round of comprehensive consultation on child protection policy held.

PESHAWAR -- The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Child Protection and Welfare Commission (KP CP and WC), with the support of UNICEF on Tuesday organized a third round of comprehensive consultation with key stakeholders on the Draft KP Child Protection Policy.

The consultation was facilitated by consultants from Oxford Programme Management (OPM) and chaired by Justice (R) Irshad Qaiser, Caretaker Minister for Social Welfare, Special Education and Women Empowerment Department.

The draft Child Protection Policy is the testimony of the dedication and commitment of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Child Protection and Welfare Commission and the Ministry of Social Welfare to create a safe and protective environment for all children in the province, said a press release issued here.

The policy development process, spanning two years, received consistent support from UNICEF and a team of consultants from OPM.

In his opening remarks, Muhammad Farooq, Additional Secretary of the Social Welfare Department, expressed his gratitude to all participants, highlighting the ambitious and inclusive nature of the policy development process.

He acknowledged the extensive consultations with the Technical Working Group, relevant stakeholders, and a diverse representation of children, commending the Child Protection and Welfare Commission for its approach.

The Child Protection Policy sets clear aims and objectives for the protection of children, recognizing constitutional, legal, and international commitments.

It outlines the governance and implementation arrangements, along with the roles and responsibilities of the relevant departments, organizations, and institutions.

Sohail Ahmad, a Child Protection Specialist from UNICEF, shed light on the objectives of the workshop and added that this Child Protection Policy presents the vision of the Social Welfare Ministry and KP CP and WC for the protection of children in the province.

He also emphasized that although few legal frameworks exist in KP related to the protection and welfare of children, however, this CP Policy provides a comprehensive and rights-based framework for guiding the decisions and programmes of all relevant government departments and stakeholders ensuring the protection of children in the province.

He also highlighted that the significance of the Child Protection Policy is the broader consensus for building a holistic child protection system in the province and agreeing to integrate child protection functions, roles and...

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