The call of the day is to make children aware of the provisions for care and protection of children under the JJ Act and child rights. It is also imperative to bring any violation to the notice of the district level bodies and child welfare committees established in each district, said Ravindra Pratap Singh, director of Odisha State Child Protection Society ( OSCPS) here on Wednesday.

Addressing a workshop on ‘Role of Media in Child Protection’ Ravindra Pratap Singh also referred to the confidentiality that is maintained while reporting on such subjects and keeping the sensitivity of the child in mind. 

The plenary was chaired by Laxminarayan Nanda, Child Protection Specialist. 

Eminent Child Right Activist Isidore Phillips from Hyderabad oriented the participants about the evolution of Child Rights concept with mention of Constitutional provisions and legal instruments for safeguarding rights of children. 

Manoj Kumar Tripathy, Programme Manager of OSCPS presented an overview of the Integrated Child Protection Scheme to the participants. 

A monograph on sensitivity and ethical reporting practice was presented by Dr Mrinal Chaterjee, Director, Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Dhenkanal. 

The participants appealed to the media to act as a bridge between the community and service providing institutions.