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Probation Dept requests donors to Childrens’ Homes to approach officials

ECONOMYNEXT- Department of Probation and Child Care Services is seeking the assistance of the media and donors for the children who reside in Children’s Homes, considering the present situation of the country.

In a statement, the department says currently 11,500 children are in 400 Children’s Homes and the minimum number of children in a home varies from 20 to 100.

“lf outsiders enter these children’s homes to help them, it could be risky for the children. Since a large number of children are gathered in some Children’s Homes, the situation can be more serious,” it said.

The department also states that children also may become insecure with the access of outsiders since these children are admitted to children’s homes on court orders and they should be provided with special security.

Although the Provincial Commissioner of Probation and Child Care Services has already instructed Sathosa to provide food and other necessities,” it may be necessary to seek the assistance of external agencies too, depending on the situation,” it added.

The statement said some individuals and media institutions are trying to provide the children with food and other materials directly and get their statements and photographs which will affect the children’s safety and also can damage their mental condition and self-esteem.

On the other hand, by posting erroneous information via social media some people are trying to take advantage of the situation and make a profit from the donors.

Taking them into consideration the department requests all media institutions and individual donors not handover food directly to children and avoid asking their suggestions, comments or taking photos. (Colombo, March 28, 2020)

– Imesh Ranasinghe

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