BENGALURU: The Bangalore Political Action Committee (BPAC) as part of its B.SAFE programme organised a meeting on Friday to encourage schools to adopt a Child Protection Policy relevant to its context. The objective of the meeting was also to identify the gaps (if any) and get participating institutions to agree to a time-bound implementation roadmap.
Experts working on child safety, namely lawyers, child protection policy experts, child rights experts, child counselling, etc explained the draft Child Protection Policy and walked the participants through key provisions that school authorities should consider while implementing it in their school.
The panel agreed that the installation of a CCTV is not a lasting solution for child safety in schools. The schools must adopt a very open culture based on trust and involve children & parents in open and free communication.
Schools raised concerns such as monitoring safety of children who travel by school transport, private transport, government transport etc. Regular meetings between various stakeholders have been planned to ensure that children are safe.