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Assuring the Personal Safety of Children

Capacity Building of Adults

The Scenario:

Child abuse is a state of emotional, physical, economic and sexual maltreatment meted out to a person below the age of eighteen and is a globally prevalent phenomenon. Crimes against children occur within homes, schools, institutions and the state itself, whose responsibility it is to house, educate and empower children. As per the study outcome conducted by Ministry of Women and Child Welfare, 2007, two out of every three children were physically abused. 65% of school going children reported facing corporal punishment i.e. two out of three children were victims of corporal punishment. 53.22% children reported having faced one or more forms of sexual abuse. 50% abuses are persons known to the child or in a position of trust and responsibility. Most children did not report the matter to anyone. Every second child reported facing emotional abuse.

The Failure:

We as adults and society fails to understand that Child Abuse actually consists of a clutch of causes, factors and myths like -it doesn’t exist, sweep it under rug, be silent about it, the child will forget sooner or later, etc. that perpetuate the issue. We do not make efforts to understand children, listen to their voices, discomforts and legalities related to violations of child rights. We tend to have a fearful attitude that does not allow a child victim a friendly environment for disclosure and report a case. We assume that closer circles are safest for children.

The Mandate and Compliance Requirements:

Child Abuse (different types) is prohibited under various Indian legislations like Immoral Traffic Prevention Act, 1986 Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986 Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) Act, Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000, 2000 Commissions for Protection of Child Rights Act, 2005 Prohibition of Child Marriage Act 2006, Right to Education Act (especially corporal punishment), etc. Child sexual abuse is covered under POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act), 2012. It is mandatory to report a child sexual abuse incident: failure to do this may result punishment under the Act. State governments and statutory bodies have also notified various guidelines related to child protection like making child protection policy as a compulsion for all the institutions (Delhi Govt.) etc.

Our Objective:

 We strongly believe that the key to child protection lies in prevention, and equipping adults, children and
society with the necessary tools to prevent a child abuse act that has harmful, deep rooted, long term effects on the psyche of a child etc. We provide both online and face to face trainings through a tailor made orientation module, with the following objectives:

        Orient adults (parents, teachers, care givers, NGO workers, etc.) to create a caring, protective and safe environment for all children.

        Empower adults to reduce the vulnerability of children to keep them safe at all places, homes,n institutions and public spaces.

        Orient adults so that they can protect children from all forms of violence, abuse, harm, neglect, etc.

        Orient adults to understand basics of child rights laws, child protection/safeguarding policy, etc.

​Take a leap to protect and safe guard the children at your home, society and institutions.