The Parliamentary Caucus for Children is scheduled to meet on 21 September.
The primary objectives of this caucus include policy changes for the well-being of children and regular reviews and revision of policies, coordinating with the different ministries, departments and agencies working for children as well as to drawing greater attention of State agencies and the public to the issues facing children.
Furthermore, it will also review and revise existing laws pertaining to children to be responsive to child rights challenges and monitor the enforcement of law, advocate for increase in necessary budgetary allocations and draw together the resources of government, civil society and the business community to address challenges associated with protecting rights of children and thereby, the quality of their life.
Ensuring that the entire child population of Sri Lanka has access to quality early childhood, primary and secondary education, adequate health care and is well nourished, protected from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation has opportunities to participate in decisions that affect them and air their views and contributing to the development of the full potential of every child without discrimination and as equals are also objectives of the caucus.
Constituted in the Seventh Parliament under the Chairmanship of the Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle, the caucus was revitalised on 3 December 2015 for the Eighth Parliament. This will be the first time that the said caucus will be resuming for the Ninth Parliament.