The Children Division is responsible for implementing and monitoring all activities related to the promotion and protection of the rights of all children in Bhutan. The Division is guided by the provisions of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan and other national legislations in particular the Child Care and Protection Act 2011. It also adheres to international and regional treaties on child rights like the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the SAARC Convention on Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Women and Children for Prostitution and the Regional Arrangement for the Promotion of Child Welfare in South Asia. The Division works in close collaboration with the Royal Bhutan Police, the Dratshang Lhentshog (Central Monastic Body) and other government and non-government sectors in addressing child rights issues and takes the lead in monitoring and enforcing the rights of children in the country. With the non-governmental sector, particular focus is on the implementation of welfare and counseling services for children, especially in connection to violence, abuse and exploitation.
The UNICEF has been the primary development partner but support has also been received from Save the Children. The SAARC Development Fund through its project “South Asia’s Initiative to End Violence Against Children” since 2012 has also been supporting the NCWC, focusing on ending violence against children.