Section 29 in The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act

Title: Powers of Committee

Description: (1) The Committee shall have the authority to dispose of cases for the care, protection, treatment, development and rehabilitation of children in need of care and protection, as well as to provide for their basic needs and protection. (2) Where a Committee has been constituted for any area, such Committee shall, notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in force, but save as otherwise expressly provided in this Act, have the power to deal exclusively with all proceedings under this Act relating to children in need of care and protection

Title: Functions and responsibilities of Committee

Description: The functions and responsibilities of the Committee shall include— (i) taking cognizance of and receiving the children produced before it; (ii) conducting inquiry on all issues relating to and affecting the safety and well-being of the children under this Act; (iii) directing the Child Welfare Officers or probation officers or District Child Protection Unit or non-governmental organisations to conduct social investigation and submit a report before the Committee; (iv) conducting inquiry for declaring fit persons for care of children in need of care and protection; (v) directing placement of a child in foster care; (vi) ensuring care, protection, appropriate rehabilitation or restoration of children in need of care and protection, based on the childs individual care plan and passing necessary directions to parents or guardians or fit persons or childrens homes or fit facility in this regard; (vii) selecting registered institution for placement of each child requiring institutional support, based on the childs age, gender, disability and needs and keeping in mind the available capacity of the institution; (viii) conducting at least two inspection visits per month of residential facilities for children in need of care and protection and recommending action for improvement in quality of services to the District Child Protection Unit and the State Government; (ix) certifying the execution of the surrender deed by the parents and ensuring that they are given time to reconsider their decision as well as making all efforts to keep the family together; (x) ensuring that all efforts are made for restoration of abandoned or lost children to their families following due process, as may be prescribed; (xi) declaration of orphan, abandoned and surrendered child as legally free for adoption after due inquiry; (xii) taking suo motu cognizance of cases and reaching out to children in need of care and protection, who are not produced before the Committee, provided that such decision is taken by at least three members; (xiii) taking action for rehabilitation of sexually abused children who are reported as children in need of care and protection to the Committee by Special Juvenile Police Unit or local police, as the case may be, under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (32 of 2012); (xiv) dealing with cases referred by the Board under sub-section (2) of section 17; (xv) co-ordinate with the police, labour department and other agencies involved in the care and protection of children with support of the District Child Protection Unit or the State Government; (xvi) in case of a complaint of abuse of a child in any child care institution, the Committee shall conduct an inquiry and give directions to the police or the District Child Protection Unit or labour department or childline services, as the case may be; (xvii) accessing appropriate legal services for children; (xviii) such other functions and responsibilities, as may be prescribed.

Title: Production before Committee

Description: (1) Any child in need of care and protection may be produced before the Committee by any of the following persons, namely:— (i) any police officer or special juvenile police unit or a designated Child Welfare Police Officer or any officer of District Child Protection Unit or inspector appointed under any labour law for the time being in force; (ii) any public servant; (iii) Childline Services or any voluntary or non-governmental organisation or any agency as may be recognised by the State Government; (iv) Child Welfare Officer or probation officer; (v) any social worker or a public spirited citizen; (vi) by the child himself; or (vii) any nurse, doctor or management of a nursing home, hospital or maternity home: Provided that the child shall be produced before the Committee without any loss of time but within a period of twenty-four hours excluding the time necessary for the journey. (2) The State Government may make rules consistent with this Act, to provide for the manner of submitting the report to the Committee and the manner of sending and entrusting the child to childrens home or fit facility or fit person, as the case may be, during the period of the inquiry.

Title: Mandatory reporting regarding a child found separated from guardian

Description: (1) Any individual or a police officer or any functionary of any organisation or a nursing home or hospital or maternity home, who or which finds and takes charge, or is handed over a child who appears or claims to be abandoned or lost, or a child who appears or claims to be an orphan without family support, shall within twenty-four hours (excluding the time necessary for the journey), give information to the Childline Services or the nearest police station or to a Child Welfare Committee or to the District Child Protection Unit, or hand over the child to a child care institution registered under this Act, as the case may be. (2) The information regarding a child referred to in sub-section (1) shall be mandatorily uploaded on a portal as may be specified by the Central Government or the Committee or the District Child Protection Unit or the child care institution, as the case may be.

Title: Offence of non reporting

Description: If information regarding a child as required under section 32 is not given within the period specified in the said section, then, such act shall be regarded as an offence.