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Council for the Welfare of Children

The Council for the Welfare of Children is the focal inter-agency body of the Philippine Government for children. It is mandated to coordinate the implementation and enforcement of all laws; formulate, monitor and evaluate policies, programs and measures for children. Providing dynamic leadership in ensuring a child-friendly and child-sensitive society where every child fully enjoys his/her rights.

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The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) Secretariat supports the Government on its recent policy direction to protect children in street situations who encounter daily risks, harms, and threats by spending most (if not,all) of their time at the streets.

We, however, would like to uphold that the service providers involved in reaching out to these children follow rigidly the existing protocols to ensure that the best interest of the child is prioritized and this his/her protection againts harm and violence is guaranteed

In 2011, the CWC published the Protocol to Reach Out to Street Children that aims to standardize the procedures on how children in street situations are reached out. Through a Join Memorandum Circular between the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Protocol was mandated to be the standard to be observed during the conduct of reach out to children in street situations.

The Protocol emphasizes that the child shall be taken in custody in the most humane and dignified way possible by a Registed Social Worker. The Protocol also highlited that the use of weapons, violence, unnecessary force, vulgar words, handcuff, and verbal and sexual harrasments are stricly prohibited. The Manual in Handling Child at Risk and Children in Conflict with the Law of the Philippine National Police shall also be observed, especially on its provision regarding the initial contact with the child consident at risk and in potential conflict with the law.

The CWC Secretariat will closely coordinate with the respective agencies to ensure that the protocols are stritly implemented. Rest assured that the CWC will always work to safeguard the best interests of the Filipino Children.

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