Child Protection Web Platform
ICTA is in the process of formulating and driving national level initiatives towards developing and empowering all sectors through the intervention of digital technologies. In this regard, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for fortification of children has been considered as one of the key development areas to be addressed. ICTA considers the need of creating a Sri Lanka where every child is confident, resilient and thriving.
The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) was interested in launching a web-platform that aims to provide and obtain information that can help parents, teachers, children, policy makers and other stakeholders make decisions that reduce vulnerability and increase resilience of children. The web platform is based on the philosophy that children who are confident and who feel good about themselves are less vulnerable to all forms of abuse. The NCPA believes that each family is unique and hopes that the information provided would be a guide that each family can adapt to suit their unique circumstances.
The requirement was to create a repository that holds information pertaining to child development and protection issues for parents, teachers, children, policy-makers and other stakeholders, to make decisions that increase resilience and reduce vulnerability of children. Therefore, the digital platform was specially designed to provide users with holistic information in one place.
An MoU between the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka and the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) was signed on the 1st of February 2017 for providing assistance to the NCPA in planning, developing and implementing the web platform.
The platform was developed and launched on 28th March 2017 by the Chairperson of NCPA Dr. Natasha Balendra in a grand event held at Waters edge, Battaramulla in the presence of different stakeholders such as Sri Lanaka Police, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Women and Child Affairs and ICTA etc.
The platform is governed by the National Child Protection Authority. As such all content on the site is reviewed and approved by a Sri Lankan expert panel, appointed by the NCPA. The target audience is parents, teachers, children, policy makers and other stakeholders interested in child development and protection issues.