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Child Welfare Committee
Tharangambadi Road
District Collectorate

Tourism Boat on FishingPlays a Key Economy for the District even though Agriculture and Fishing are the Major ones. Shrines, Places of Hindu Faith, Mosques forms the Spritual Tourism for the district. Annual Festivals and functions marks glory of the Year. Heritages like Tarangam padi Fort, Poompuhar speaks of the rich civilization of this land. 

Social Defence Department

The Department of Social Defence is functioning under the Department of Social Welfare and Nutritious Meal Programme of the State Government. The Department is headed by a Commissioner and assisted by one Joint Director, two Deputy Directors and one Assistant Director at Headquarter office besides other officers and staff. One Regional Office of Deputy Director at Madurai is also under the control of the Department. As the Department is maintaining residential care institutions, there are about 653 employees for the management of the institutions including medical officers, psychologists, probation officers, teachers instructors and watch and wards.

  1. Assisting the Government in Policy formulation on the administration of Juvenile Justice, Prevention and combating trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children and women.
  2. Running programmes and activities for children in difficult circumstance like street children, children of prostitutes and children from families whose parents are infected by communicable diseases like HIV / AIDs.
  3. Ensuring protection and development of children and women from significant harm through institutional, non-institutional and out-reach programmes.
  4. Co-ordination and networking with allied systems like Police, Judiciary, Civil society, NGOs, Corporate sector etc., to ensure protection and development of children and women who are living in vulnerable condition.
  5. Running and Maintaining of child care institutions like Observation Homes, Special Homes, Shelter Homes, drop in centres, children's homes etc., under the provision of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of children) Act, 2000 either on its own or in collaboration with NGOs.
  6. Running and Maintaining of institution like Rescue Shelters, Vigilance Institution / Protective Homes etc., under the provision of Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956 either on its own or in collaboration with NGOs.
  7. Running and maintaining of special care centres like short-stay homes, Half-way homes, for providing Care and Protection to girls and women as per the policies of State and Central Governments to protect girls and women from abuse, exploitation etc.,
  8. To facilitate the implementation of the integrated programme for street children and the schemes for the prevention of alcoholism and substance (drug) abuse, of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India. Schemes under grant in aid by Government of India in the Ministry of Women and Child development and in the Ministry of Social Empowerment for innovative projects.
  9. To encourage active participation of academic institutions by volunteers and NGOs in providing counseling and guidance service by establishing Juvenile Guidance Centre, Crisis Intervention Programmes etc., In Part II Scheme for 2004-05, five counsellers on consolidated pay of Rs.3500/-per month has been sanctioned for five centers at Vellore, Coimbatore, Tirunelveli, Tanjore and Trichy.
Juvenile Justice Act, 2000

Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 Consequent to india's signing the UN Declaration on the rights of child , the programmes and activities relating to child welfare and children have been redesigned in conjunction with the provisions of CRC. Accordingly, the Juvenile Justice Act. of 1986 has been repealed by the juvenile Justice [Care and Protection of Children] Act, 2000.

The State Government have framed rules under the revised Act, of 2000 and the Tamil Nadu Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) rules 2001 as ordered in G.O. No 6, Social Welfare and Nutritious meal programme department had been notified in the Tamil Nadu Government Gazette extraordinary NO. 94, dated 14th February, 2002. The rules are available on the website of the department at http://www.tn.nic.in/socialdefence The Juvenile Justice Act, 2000 was brought into force on I st April, 2001.


Probation Officers who are eyes and ears of Juvenile Justice Boards/Child Welfare Committees are to play an important role in the administration of Juvenile Justice. The primary duties and functions of Probation Officers are as follows :-

  1. Pre-trail enquiry to facilitate the adjudication agency to decide the release of a person under 18 years of age on bail or not.
  2. If released on bail pre-trail supervision and guidance to children in conflict with law.
  3. Social Enquiry Report : While furnishing reports the Probation Officers shall analyse and diagnose the problems of children through detailed enquiries and suggest measures for intervention to the adjudication agency to determine the strategy for intervention.
  4. Probation suspension.

The Juvenile Justice Act, was aimed act providing a Juvenile Justice system for Juveniles in conflict with law and children in need of care and Protection by adopting a child friendly approach, in the adjudication and disposition of matters in the best interests of children and for their rehabilitation keeping in view the developmental needs of the children.


Child welfare committees constituted under section (29) of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2000 are the competent authorities to deal with the matters relating to children in need of care and protection.  The committee is consist of a chairperson and four other members.  The committee is functioning as a bench of magistrates with the powers conferred by the code of Criminal Procedure, 1973  ( 2 of 1974)  on a metropolitan magistrates or as the case may be , a Judicial Magistrate of the first class, Every member shall hold office for a period of three years from the date of appointment.

Working Hours

This office works on all Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays of Every Week between 14.00 to 17.00 Hours

Services Provided
The Department of Social Defence provides services to:
  1. Neglected Children
  2. Abused Children
  3. Children in conflict with law
  4. Street Children
  5. Stranded Girls & Unmarried Mothers
  6. Women and Girls in moral danger
  7. Women and Girls who are found to be victims under The Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956
  8. Combating Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Women and Children
  9. Persons with drug addiction.

The Board
1 Smt. R Gandhiji
Thiruvali Post Office
Sirkali Taluk.
2 Shri. R Namasivayam,
No. 23/C, Sabanayagar Street,
Mayiladuthurai- 1
3 Shri. M Ravichandran
15/30, Mayuranathar East Street,
Mayiladuthurai – 1.
4 Smt. R Rajalakshmi
No: 1/51-D1 Kothan Street
Tranqbar Road,
Mayiladuthurai - 1.
5 Shri. J Elamurugu
Vaithiyam pettai,
Thiruvalaputhur Post Office,
Mayiladuthurai - 1.