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Psychosocial Services

According to 14th sentence of National Child Protection Authority Act no.50 of 1998, psychosocial unit stands for formulation and the development of psychosocial well-being of children.


  • Psychosocial guidance, advice, necessary intervention and coordination for children are given directly through 1929 child helpline, District psychosocial officer, District child protection officer, Divisional child protection officers.
  • Conducting individual supervision and group supervision sessions with District Psychosocial Officers.

  • Conducting awareness programs for government officers about national guidelines for child day care centers in Sri Lanka.
  • Mental health and psychosocial assistance.
  • Conducting the program named “Diriya” for children who are abused, children who are at extremes and children who are at a risk.
  • The child protection project named “Siyapath Surakum” conducted in coastal areas in Sri Lanka.
  • Awareness programs on positive disciplines for primary school teachers.
  • Psychosocial training programs for school counselors.
  • Conducting awareness programs in schools.
  • Conducting special awareness programs on psychosocial management for employees.
  • Conducting training programs and annual monitoring for staff and children in child development centers.
  • Conducting training programs for staff and children in children’s detention homes.
  • Conducting training programs for staff and children in certified schools.
  • Psychosocial management for detention homes, certified schools and child development centers.

  • Conducting psychosocial assessment to identify children in need of protection.
  • Providing motivational interviewing/psychoeducation/brief interventions.
  • Conducting counseling programs for children for children who are abused, who can be abused, who are at a risk and who are having mental illnesses and mental problems.
  • Giving counseling for parents and guardians of children for their psychosocial well-being.

  • Prepare children who are abused, for video recordings.
  • Participating for observation when video evidences are recorded and sealed.

  • Referring, coordinating, listening and linking complaints to District psychosocial officer, District child protection officer and to Divisional child protection officers and follow up them.
  • Referring children to various organizations, services and to officers and giving advises, guidance and doing follow ups for their well-being.
  • Monitoring and supervising on referred cases.

National Guidelines

  • National guidelines on child day care centers in Sri Lanka (2019).
  • Minimum standards and guidelines for child development centers in Sri Lanka (2013).


Curriculum Development

  • General child care course (NVQ4-Published in 2017).
  • Trainers’ Guide”, general child care course (NVQ4-Published in 2019).



  • “Shiksha”, hand book on positive disciplines for primary school teachers and parents.
  • A hand book on psychosocial first aid for children in emergencies (Published in 2009).
  • “Lama lowata maw piya sawiya”, parental skill development handbook.
  • Handouts (Developing contents).
  • Providing psychosocial support for children.

Contributing necessary recourses to prevent from child abuse, children’s mental health, children’s psychosocial development, child development and to all subjects related to psychosocial management.

Mrs. Priyangika Rathnayake

Assistant Director – Psychosocial
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