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- About CPMIS

The State Child Protection Society (SCPS), Bihar is the nodal body at the State level to implement and monitor the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS). The SCPS is mandated to seek routine data from District Child Protection Units (DCPU), Child Care Institutions (CCI), Juvenile Justice Boards (JJB) and statutory bodies.

UNICEF Bihar has supported Department of Social Welfare, Govt. of Bihar to create a systematic and centralized recording and reporting online system for Juvenile Justice Board (JJBs), Child Welfare Committee (CWCs), Special Juvenile Police Unit (SJPUs) and Child Care Institutions (CCIs) running in state to enabling the timely data and accurate consolidation of feedback.

Child Protection Management Information System (CPMIS) is a user friendly, web-enabled information management and monitoring system. The system enables access to data for key indicators through a DevInfo interface as well as for download as quarterly factsheets. Besides, an offline of DevInfo has also been developed to enable use of the system in places without access to internet connectivity.

Data is presently available for 246 indicators across one quarter of 2013 and four quarters of 2014. Data is available consolidated at the state level as well as for 38 districts and at institution level covering (Shelter homes, Children homes, Observation homes, Special homes, and After-care organisations). A brief synopsis of the number of indicators and sub-sectors for different thematic categories is presented below:

Juvenile Justice Boards- Sub-sectors (71 indicators):

  • Reporting, Members,
  • Training of members,
  • Infrastructure- sitting arrangements,
  • Rooms and facilities,
  • Sittings and attendance of members in sittings,
  • Legal services- Legal service authority lawyers and cases referred to them,
  • Probation officers- SIRs (Social Investigation Reports),
  • ICRs (Individual Care Plans),
  • NGOs- recognized NGOs and cases referred to NGOs ,
  • Current pendency of cases- cases instituted during the quarter,
  • Final orders

Child Welfare Committees- Sub-sectors (85 indicators):

  • Reporting, Members,
  • Training of members (not included presently),
  • Infrastructure- sitting arrangements,
  • Rooms and facilities,
  • Sittings and attendance of members in sittings,
  • Lawyers and Counsellors and cases referred to them ,
  • Current pendency of cases- cases instituted during the quarter,
  • Disposal of cases- nature of disposal,
  • Final orders, Children declared free for adoption

Child Care Institutions- Sub-sectors (88 indicators):

  • Reporting, Children in CCIs,
  • Staff structure (for CCIs, for JJBs, for CWCs),
  • Infrastructure (rooms, sitting arrangement, file storage and facilities),
  • Facilities (bedding, toilet, bathroom, urinal, clothing and footwear)

In its present form, the Child Protection Management Information System (CPMIS) takes input in the form of analysed data in MS Excel sheets on a quarterly basis. The data is then processed and imported to a DevInfo database before being disseminated via factsheets as well the DevInfo user interface available online as well as offline.

The rescue and rehabilitation of child labourers is an important aspect of the development agenda of the Bihar state government. Since the launch of the State Plan of Action for elimination, Release and Rehabilitation of Child Labour in 2009, there has been a growing need to further streamline the backend processes related to rescue of child labour.

CLTS is integrated with the existing CPMIS platform. It provides a robust framework to facilitate case management of rescued child labourers. It is innovative and unique initiative as it bridges rescue to rehabilitation of child labourers. The generation of the entitlement card is a key innovation of this initiative. Some of the specific objectives are:

  • To provide regular update about the rehabilitation status of the released children
  • To monitor child labour trends through the identification of variables and parameters
  • surrounding children's vulnerabilities to economic exploitation
  • To enable strengthened referral services via entitlement card and identification of gaps in social entitlements at the individual child level as well as the household level and take steps to mitigate them on priority basis
  • To enable identification and tracking of rescued child through unique case ID and facilitate further investigation by CWC, planning of response and care
  • To ensure that the collection and dissemination of data pertaining to child labour adheres to privacy and confidentiality standards. Child specific identifiable data should be available to only a small, select group of users who need full access to ensure the program is operating successfully.

There are various departments which are involved in rescue and rehabilitation of child labourers including the following:

  • The labour department is tasked with enforcement of anti-child labour laws as well as restoration of the rescued children
  • The rural development department is tasked to ensure the families of child labourers have access to various social safety net programmes including MGNREGA and Indira Awas Yojana
  • The revenue and land reforms department is accountable for securing the land rights of families of child labourers
  • The health department has to ensure rescued children have access to health services as children in the work place are exposed to hazardous environments, psychological trauma, and infections
  • The human resource development department is responsible for making educational services cater to the needs of children working as well as improving the quality of the systems
  • The social justice and family welfare department is responsible for providing shelter and care for child labourers in need through their own schemes
  • The food and civil supplies department is responsible for distributing ration cards and allowing families access to benefits of Annapurna/ Antyodaya schemes

Besides the departments listed above, there are several other stakeholders including Bihar Child Labour Commission, Bihar Education Project Council, UNICEF, NGOs, trade unions, and media.

CLTS shall enable all the key stakeholders to have quick access to information both on the web as well as offline.