The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) is to set up a desk at the Bandaranaike International Airport to register the details of children of housemaids traveling overseas for employment, NCPA Chairperson Anoma Dissanayaka said.
Speaking to Daily Mirror online, Mrs. Dissanayaka said that children were most often neglected by their family members when the mothers went overseas for employment which is why the NCPA would monitor the children and look after them if they were abused or neglected.
Mrs. Dissanayaka added that most mothers also lost contact with their children while being overseas which had a negative effect on the children’s life.
“These mothers have to realize that the state will look after their children once they are employed overseas. The desk which will be set up in Katunayaka will register the details of the children and who the children will be staying with while the mothers are overseas. From then on we will monitor the life of the child,” Mrs. Dissanayaka said.
The NCPA will also formulate a system where the housemaids will be able to contact their children often while being employed overseas. (JN)