Child Policy

October 9, 2014  |  By  | 

2. GDSS&WS - Preamble 2.1 Recognising that: - A child is any person below the age of eighteen years; - Childhood is an integral part of life with a value of its own; - Children are not a homogenous group and their different needs need different responses, especially the multi-dimensional vulnerabilities experienced by children in different circumstances; - A long term, sustainable, multi-sectoral, integrated and inclusive approach is necessary for the overall and harmonious development and protection of children; 2.2 Reaffirming that: - Every child is unique and a supremely important national asset; - Special measures and affirmative action are required to diminish or eliminate conditions that cause discrimination, - All children have the right to grow in a family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding; - Families are to be supported by a strong social safety net in caring for and nurturing their children; The Guntur Diocese Social Service and Welfare Society reiterates its commitment to safeguard, inform, include, support and empower all children within its territory and jurisdiction, both in their individual situation and as a national asset. It is committed to take affirmative measures – legislative, policy or otherwise – to promote and safeguard the right of all children to live and grow with equity, dignity, security and freedom, especially those marginalised or disadvantaged; to ensure that all children have equal opportunities; and that no custom, tradition, cultural or religious practice is allowed to violate or restrict or prevent children from enjoying their rights. 2.3 This Policy is to guide and inform all laws, policies, plans and programmes affecting children. All actions and initiatives of the GDSS&WS must respect and uphold the principles and provisions of this Policy. 3. Guiding Principles (i) Every child has universal, inalienable and indivisible human rights (ii) The rights of children are interrelated and interdependent, and each one of them is equally important and fundamental to the well-being and dignity of the child (iii) Every child has the right to life, survival, development, education, protection and participation (iv) Right to life, survival and development goes beyond the physical existence of the child and also encompasses the right to identity and nationality