Sharjah: His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, has issued an Emirati decree on the reorganization of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs (SCFA) in the emirate of Sharjah.
UAE Decree No. 6 of 2022 stipulated that the SCFA enjoys legal personality and full capacity to exercise the legal actions necessary to achieve its objectives and exercise its powers, with its financial, administrative and technical independence. According to the decree, the headquarters of the Council will be in the city of Sharjah, and it is permitted by a decision of the Council, at the request of the President, to establish branches for him in the rest of the cities and regions of the emirate.
Scope of objectives
According to the decree, the CFAS aims to achieve its various objectives, including working on family issues and raising the level of community development in the emirate; strengthen the status of the family, ensuring its stability and security; raise awareness of the importance of maintaining the safety of children and promote their protection, ensuring social stability; strengthen the role of cultural and media means of raising awareness of the family and society; and the improvement of health and social conditions through community initiatives.
In order to properly achieve its objectives, the Board exercises a number of powers.
Being affiliated with the Council, the following specialized bodies operate under its supervision, including the Department of Family Development and its branches; the Department of Health Promotion (DPS) and the specialized agencies attached to it; child safety management; the Culture and Media Office. All other specialized agencies affiliated to the Council are issued by decision of the President, and it is also permitted to merge or abolish any of these specialized agencies by decision of the President, who may issue a decision to organize the specialized bodies affiliated to the le advice, specifying their skills.
The decree stipulates that the Supreme Council for Family Affairs will be chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, the wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, assisted by a Vice-President and a General Secretariat appointed by decision of the President. In order to carry out its administrative tasks, the Council exercises a number of different powers.
The Chairman notably assumes the following functions and powers; adopt general policy and strategic plans for the work of the Council; approve the plans and programs of the specialized authorities and issue the necessary directives for this purpose; approving the appointment of directors of specialized agencies and senior executives of the Council; in addition to delegating some of the powers to senior officials of the Council in accordance with the laws in force in the emirate.
According to the decree, the council will have a general secretariat which organizes and coordinates the tasks of the council; ensures the achievement of its objectives; and the follow-up of its decisions until their full implementation. The Head of the Secretariat is appointed by a decision of the President, determining the financial and professional rank, with an adequate number of administrative and technical staff, with the powers and authorities necessary to achieve a number of objectives of the General Secretariat.
The decree also included a number of legal articles regulating the work of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in terms of financial resources, organizational structure, etc.