Child Protection

pix-11 Ensuring right to protection of children is one of another prime focused area of Right Track. The main emphasis has been given on children living in difficult circumstances. These children mainly concentrated in areas adjacent to railway tracks and docks. Owing to dysfunctional family structure these children are vulnerable to various anti social activities and mal adaptive behavior. They are exposed to all forms of abuse and exploitation at different levels. The focus of intervention has been on creating an enabling environment where these children will be able to express their feelings and would be able to explore their hidden talents. These children easily get involved into labour force in search of livelihoods. Right Track is also focusing on children engaged as domestic workers and working in apartments in the city of Kolkata. The intervention concentrates on providing these children with suitable environment where they can lead a life with dignity. Following are some of the major activities that are undertaken throughout the year for these children:

Empowering children through capacity building on legislation and laws.
Sensitization amongst the partner community regarding the ill effects of addiction
Referral services to the addiction
Linkage with de-addiction & Rehabilitation Center
Involving the religious leaders especially Moulavis in campaign against abuse and exploitation faced by the children.
Case Management.
Providing Life Skill Education to make the children resilient to the adverse situation
Providing Counseling support to minimize the level of trauma faced by the children in difficult situation.
Peer to Peer Approach
Strengthening the Child Protection Committee’s to create awareness throughout the respective community and capacitate them in facilitating the process of reunification of children (Child Domestic Workers) who are willing to go back to their native places.
Linkages and Advocacy with Law Enforcement Agencies and line Departments.
Sensitization on Child Rights and Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection) Act 2000 to the Law Enforcing Agencies.
Creating volunteer resource base as part of ethical resource generation to provide support to children in the form of tuitions, skill based vocational training, etc through linkages with various governmental, nongovernmental and private institutions etc.

 

Strategies for Child Protection: –

  • Community sensitization and alliance building on child protection issues/s,
  • Facilitating & strengthening of Child Protection Committee in Village level to Block / Ward level of district & Municipality.
  • Capacitate children, adolescents and youth on child protection issues including provisions under different legislation
  • Establishing linkages & networking with line departments and making them proactive towards child protection mechanism,
  • Ensuringparticipationofcivilsocietyinpreventingchildrenfromabuse/ violence and exploitation including Policy level advocacy towards sensitization in CLPRA, 
  • Dissemination of information on different child related legislation

Child Protection: Achievement in last 10 years:

  • More than 2500 child domestic workers withdrawn from work places and mainstreamed into formal schools. 
  • Total of 49 cases of child marriage have been prevented in last 4 years in Maheshtala Municipality (MM) and KMC wards
  • In the communities i.e., Ward Level Child Protection Committee, Employers group, Adult Domestic Workers Group (ADWs) etc. have been formed in 22 wards to ensure the child protection in the family and community level by entrusting responsibilities to them. 
  • Making liaison with the District Child Protection Officer (DCPO), local police stations, District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), Deputy Commissioner of Police to implement and extend a special protective mechanism for the children.  There is close coordination with Sarva Shiksha Mission schools to strengthen the approach of ‘Right to Education’. Here we have also done school orientation program on child protection.
  • Adult Domestic Workers created forum for safeguarding the child domestic workers from any kind of evils.