Shortage of probation officers in NWP | Daily News


Shortage of probation officers in NWP

There is a shortage of 10 probation officers in the North Western Province (NWP), Provincial Commissioner of Probation and Childcare R.M.N. Premasiri revealed.

He said that although 44 probation officers are required for the 44 Divisional Secretariat (DS) divisions in the province, there are only 34 officers at present. He added that under this situation, certain officers have been tasked to cover duties in two DS divisions. “This is a difficult task,” he added.

He told the Daily News that the number of children who have lost love and affection of their parents has increased in the North-Western Province during the past few years. He added that there are only two state-owned children’s homes in the province while there are 34 children’s homes maintained by non-governmental organizations.

“Though they are managed by non-governmental parties, they are continuously being monitored by the Department of Probation and Child Care Services,” Provincial Commissioner Premasiri said.

“These children’s homes accommodate 947 children with various issues such as poverty, negligence by parents, orphaned, and family separation. Most of these children had been living under the care of their grandparents, and uncles and aunts.”

He also said that it has been revealed that most children in the Puttalam District had been neglected by their parents who have no time to look after their children as they have to engage in their only livelihood, the fishing industry, both day and night.

“We identified a large number of such children from the coastal areas in Puttalam and Arachchikattuwa. Although there are no provisions in our law to punish the parents

who do not treat their children, one day they will be punished by the nature,” he said.


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