How should authorities handle young curfew violators?

first_img*The barangay where the minor is found shall take custody of the minor. ILOILOCity – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in WesternVisayas issued guidelines to help authorities – policemen, local officials andeven concerned citizens – properly handle street children violating thequarantine curfew. Accordingto DSWD regional director Evelyn Macapobre, if the children are residents ofthe barangay, the following steps must be observed: Sheurged the authorities to call the DSWD regional office should there be queriesthrough (033)-503-3797 or Facebook: @rscwc6 or DSWD Western Visayas. Ifthe parents or guardians cannot be located, the child will be turned over tothe LSWDO. *The barangay shall take custody of the minor. *The barangay will register the child as a “child at risk” (CAR) in its logbook. *Information needed from the minor must be taken using the intake sheet of thebarangay. “Weare recommending that local government units designate ‘activity centers’ wherestreet children and their families have a shelter to stay,” said Macapobre. Shouldthese children be arrested and jailed? *The minor is then turned over to the parents or guardians. Ifthe minor is a non-resident of the barangay, the following should be observed: *The child will be turned over to his/her barangay of residence. Itis the obligation of parents, law enforcers and barangay officials to protectthe rights of children by observing this protocol, stressed Macapobre. Ifthe minor is categorized as “high risk” based on the guidelines of the JuvenileJustice and Welfare Council (JJWC) as assessed by the Local Social Welfare andDevelopment Office (LSWDO), the LSWDO will conduct an “assessment andintervention conference” and design an intervention if deemed proper. “Thebest thing to do now is for children to stay at home and respect the curfewhours,” she added./PN *The parents or guardians must be duly informed. *Information needed from the minor must be taken using the intake sheet of thebarangay. *The barangay will register the child as a “CAR” in its logbook.last_img