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The Department of Probation and Child- Care Services has been established under the Probation of Offenders Ordinance No. 22 of 1944. The prime objective of this ordinance is rehabilitation of offenders without residential care. The probation service first started in Sri Lanka under the Department of Prisons on 12th March 1945. At the very beginning, only 10 probation officers were recruited in relation with four judicial divisions, namely Colombo, Kandy, Galle and Kaluthara. There after, on 01st of October 1956, a seperate body was established as the Department of Child care, Welfare and Probation, joining the previous one. Since then, the Department of Probation had provided its services, until the 13th amendment was made to the Constitution in 1988. During that past period the head of the Department was a Commissioner and after the devolution of power to Provincial Councils, the head of the Department in the Provincial Department of PCCS has been a Provincial Commissioner. Even though at the beginning of the role of the Department of PCCS was limited to rehabilitation of offenders, but now it has spread its services for the children who have been orphaned, deserted and under legal custody.

Main Duties and Responsibilities of the Department


  • Rehabilitation and reunification of Child Offenders who are directed to the Department by the Courts
  • Mending children who are recognized as disobedient, uncontrollably stubborn and vulnerable to illegal and socially unacceptable activities
  • Protecting and safeguarding children who are identified as abandoned,destitute and vagrant
  • Post supervision of children under the probationary period
  • Supervision, Evaluation, Monitoring and Registering of Voluntary Organizations who engaged in child protection and social service
  • Empowering the Enactment of child rights and taking essential steps to protect and ensure child rights within society
  • Allocating children for legal adoption
  • Encouraging optional reunification methods
  • Giving financial aids for poverty stricken families
  • Conducting awareness programs to aware people of child rights
  • Improving infrastructure facilities of the Children Homes
  • Enhancing sheltering and nourishing facilities of the institutionalized children
  • Providing requisite vocational trainings to improve the skills and abilities of the institutionalized children
  • Arranging religious and cultural events for institutionalized children
  • Organizing annual trips for children in Children Homes and Day Care Centers
  • Conducting counselling programs for children
  • Developing comprehensive disaster managing programs
  • Developing both internal and external facilities of the State Receiving Home
  • Providing infrastructure and staff facilities for every sub office
  • Enhancing training and development opportunities of the department staff