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  • 17 May, 2021

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Tele Counselling through SAMVEDNA for Children impacted by COVID-19

Tele Counselling through SAMVEDNA for Children impacted by COVID-19

  • With the objective of providing psychological first-aid and emotional support to children affected during the COVID-19 Pandemic, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) is providing Tele-Counselling to children through SAMVEDNA(Sensitizing Action on Mental Health Vulnerability through Emotional Development and Necessary Acceptance) - a Toll-Free Helpline launched to provide psycho-social mental support for Children affected during COVID 19 Pandemic.
  • Tele-counselling is being provided through a network of qualified Experts/Counselors/Psychologists trained under the guidance of Dr. Shekhar Seshadri, Professor, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and his team from NIMHANS, on various psychosocial issues in reference to COVID-19, using different Tele counselling strategies.
  • SAMVEDNA tele counselling service is for psychological support to children to address their stress, anxiety, fear and other issues during the Pandemic.
  • This service is available on a toll-free No: 1800-121-2830 from Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • This service is exclusively for children who are willing to talk and arein need of counseling.
  • When a child/ caretaker/Parent dials SAMVEDNA1800-121-2830,they get to speak to a professional counselor in a safe environment. Tele counselling is provided to the children under three categories:
  1. Children who are in Quarantine/isolation/COVID Care centers.
  2. Children who have COVID positive parents or family members and near ones.
  3. Children who have lost their parents due to Covid-19 Pandemic.

National Commission for protection of Child Rights, 2005

  1. It is a Statutory Body. NCPCR has given the definition of child to be less than 18 years.
  2. NCPCR can take up suo-motu cases.
  3. Mandate: To ensure that all Laws, Policies, Programmes, and Administrative Mechanisms are in consonance with the Child Rights given in Constitution and UN Convention on Rights of Child.
  4. NCPCR had asked to form special cells in schools to solve problems of children. The cell will examine the mental & physical torture against children. Complainsts regarding sexual harassment, mental harassment, favouritism etc. should be informed to the Taluk/District Legal Services Authority within 48 hours.
  5. It is the nodal body for Right to Education and Child abuse.

Main Recommendations of NCPCR:

  1. Seminars should be conducted for teachers to improve their teaching styles.
  2. The dignity of a student should be accepted by everyone.
  3. Drug addiction, copying, violence etc. should be curtailed.

State Commissions of Protection of Child Rights should be established.

Source: PIB


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