NEPALGUNJ: All the child protection centres established here to give shelter to neglected children have not met minimum standards.
“District Children Welfare Committee Banke has found that the child centres were set up without meeting the set criteria,” said Child Welfare Officer Shova Shah.
There are 14 children homes in Banke. Among them, seven are permanent, four temporary, two for the visually impaired and one in the process of registration.
More than 150 children are getting shelter in the homes.
Social Development Promotion Centre, Tanwipriya Women and Children Relief Centre, Maya Sadan, Orphanage Madras Gausiya Jyabul Islam, Nawajiwan Centre, Mangal Prasad Higher Secondary School, Shelter House, CIWIN Helpline, Children Rehabilitation Help Centre and Apostal Children Home are among the child protection centres being operated in the district.
Mangal Prasad Higher Secondary School and Tribhuwan Higher Secondary School are providing shelter to visually impaired kids.
As per the survey conducted by the welfare committee, CIWIN Helpline is in B category, whereas others have been categorised C and D, said Shah.
“None of the children homes are running satisfactorily,” she added. She also informed that necessary action will be taken against the homes running illegally.
She said, “Orphans should be kept with their paternal relatives like uncle, grandparents or with maternal kin. Children homes are the last option.”
Shah informed that the United Nations also proposed to discourage children homes as they are being misused.