No proper programme to stop child abuse – COPA

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The Department of Probation and Childcare lack of proper programme to rehabilitate drug addicts and prevent child abuse, both of which are common at present, Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) noted.

This was noted in the COPA Report of the second session of the Ninth Parliament. COPA Chairman Prof. Tissa Vitharana tabled the report on Friday (20).

The Committee emphasised a method to rescue children from cyber abuse and avoid irregularities in reporting cases of crimes against children through mass media.

Meanwhile, the Committee emphasised the importance of having the Department of Social Services’ contribution, as there is a need for a formal course of action to rehabilitate drug addicts. All the relevant activities related to the rehabilitation of drug addicts should be coordinated through one regulatory body such as the National Dangerous Drug Control Board, the report observed.

By Methmalie Dissanayake