The Children Act 2013
Bangladesh has enacted new legislation for the benefit of its estimated 70 million children, repealing the Children Act of 1974. The preamble to the Children Act, 2013, (henceforth referred to as ‘the Act’), officially known as “Shishu Ain, 2013”, states that it has been enacted for the purpose of implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Act received assent of the President was published in the official Gazette on 20 June 2013. By a subsequent Gazette notification dated 18 August 2013 the Act was made effective from 21 August 2013.
Ministry of Social Welfare is the focal ministry for the Children Act 2013.