Child Protection

Child Protection is about protecting children from or against any perceived or real danger or risk to their life, person hood and childhood. It is about reducing their vulnerability to any kind of harm and protecting them in harmful situations. We work towards ensuring that no child falls out of the social security and safety net and those who do, receive necessary care, protection and support so as to bring them back into the safety net. While protection is a right of every child, some children are more vulnerable than others and need special attention. Failure to protect children from issues such as violence in schools, child labor, harmful traditional practices, child marriage, child abuse, the absence of parental care and commercial sexual exploitation among others, means failure in fulfilling both the Constitutional and International commitments towards children.
India is home to almost 19% of the world’s children. More than one third of the country’s population, around 440 million, is below 18 years. It is estimated that around 170 million or 40 per cent of India’s children are vulnerable to or experiencing difficult circumstances. The neglect of child protection issues results in outright violation of the rights of the children and increases their vulnerability to abuse, neglect and exploitation.
India has adopted a number of laws and formulated a range of policies to ensure children’s protection and improvement in their situation. However, these laws and policies promising respect for child rights, their protection and well being have not resulted in much improvement in lives of millions of children who continue to be deprived of their rights, abused, exploited and taken away from their families and communities. Scant attention and feeble commitment to resolving child protection problems have resulted in poor implementation of these laws and policies.
Looking in to the need, YCDA in collaboration with various statutory bodies like Child Welfare Committees (CWC) and service delivery bodies like District Child Protection Unit & Child Line,have made numerous interventions/steps with a focus to provide immediate services to these children and taken steps for lasting results. Formation of Children groups, Village Child Protection Committee (VCPC) and working closely with these groups in realizing the rights of the children are main drive of our interventions.

WE BELIEVE Children and teenagers are potential change makers in a society! YCDA works with children and young adults to create a community where the rights of the children are realized to an optimum level. We Inspire talented young adults to popularize and scale up the good work & practices related to child rights through capacity building methods. We support every child & teenagers who wants to move the world to realize the children rights.We ensure that children are being heard at all the levels.

PROCESS

  1. AWARENESS BUILDING: We create awareness among the change agents after identifying the core issues in the areas. We mapped 3000 children in 12 Gram panchayats of Boudh district.
  2. MOBILIZATION CAMPS: We identified 92 potential change makers among 500 children through the mobilization camps.
  3. TRAINING PROGRAMMES: We train the Changemakers on project planning, intervention & advocacy according to their core subject of intervention.
Seema Mahankud

Seema Mahankud (Change Maker)

15 years old Seema Mahankud along with other 5 members of her family lives in Barapadug village of Mundpada Panchayat of Boudh district. Seema’s parents earn through daily wages and agriculture. A student of class 10th in Mundapada high school, Seema is an active member of child club and serves as the president in “Swami VivekandaSishu Sangh”. She represents the panchayat level child club Federation and also facilitate the micro-planning by mobilizing the community children of her village. She takes interest in working on issues such as lack of teachers, availability of school boundaries, issues pertaining to child marriage and child abuse in her village.

With YCDA’s support, she has learnt the techniques to address the issue and encash the opportunity of the advocacy through and among peer groups. Gradually she has evolved in to a noted change maker in her community.

In one such instances when she got a information about a child marriage happening in her village, she immediately took cognizance. She along with her team members went to the girl’s house and tried convincing her parents to call off the wedding. On being strongly resisted by the bride’s family, they intimated to the district authority and hence the marriage was stopped. She was honored by her village leaders for her courage and good work.

Her dream: She wants to became a teacher and a leader of her village. She believes that through education she can bring a rapid development to her native land.

Seema Mahankud

Early marriage-the most dangerous social malady insidiously disturbs the serenity of a child’s childhood putting his/her life in complete danger. It does not allow child to reach its full development and thus violets theie rights. It’s undoubtedly a form of Sexual abuse; causing unmendable damage to the growth and development of the child. In Western Odisha cases of such violence were rampant prior to YCDA’s intervention through Integrated Child Protection Project (ICPP), which has significantly reduced such cases. Through the Integrated Child Protection Project, YCDA had taken the following initiatives to minimize it:

  1. YCDA did lobby and advocacy with the district administration and took support of statutory bodies like CWC and DCPU
  2. Worked in collaboration with ICDS and availed support of CDPOs and the frontline health workers like ASHAs and AWWs
  3. Created awareness on the bad impacts of Early marriage in the community based organizations like Village Child Protection Committee (VCPC), Child Club (CC) and SMCs
  4. Conducted training programmes for teachers, parents, youth club members and PRI members
  5. Child line no. 1098’s support was also instrumental in putting a check on it
  6. Focused on complete enrolment of all the children in the village by creating awareness on RTE-2009
  7. Instilled in people about the importance of gender parity as gender bias was one of the hindrances on the way of education of girl children
  8. Encouraged educational institutions to take part in the “Mass Pledge to combat Early marriage’ programme of the Govt.
  9. Encouraged Children club members to present Early marriage issues in the Gram Sabhas to expedite the redressal process and create a protective environment

Western Odisha becomes the hub for migration during the lean agricultural period. Mostly the economically weaker section goes out in search of livelihood to the neighboring states and unfortunately it has been in practice for generations. The predominant reason for it is lack of employment in the region. Such a  practice used to hamper child’s development to a great extent disturbing the formative age and shattering the dreams of the children as they had to accompany their parents to the alien place. In view of this YCDA designed its programmes and devised the following activities to keep such a harmful practice in check:

 

  1. Ensured complete enrolment in schools through Enrolment campaign
  2. Focused on increased retention of the enrolled children in school
  3. Regularized irregular children with the support of Village Child Protection Committee (VCPC), Child Club (CC) and SMC
  4. Mainstreamed Drop out children in schools with the support of village level institutions
  5. Identified economically weaker families and linked them with different govt. schemes and sent their children to CWC for Care, Treatment, Development, Education, Training and Rehabilitation
  6. Encouraged Village Child Protection Committee (VCPC), Child Club (CC) and School Management Committee (SMC) to develop coordinated effort to keep tab on it
  7. Due support from Dist. Labour office and Dist. Police was also sought to keep tab on such practice

Child Sexual Abuse has reached an alarming stage not only in Odisha but also in every nook and corner of the country and it requires a concrete and concerted effort to be curbed. Early and provident care is the call of the hour, otherwise it will be too late to create a healthy society. Girl children are the most affected groups in this matter, although boys are also seen to have gone through this suffering. Such incidents keep children in a dolorous state where they suffer a lot in silence and get into depression which completely impairs their development process. Considering it a complex issue, YCDA through its pro-children programmes, executed the following activities:

 

  1. Train teachers on their role and responsibility to help children remain protected from this issue
  2. Facilitate rallies to create awareness among people about such an abominable issue
  3. Conducted sessions in schools and training in Children clubs and VCPCs on “Good Touch, Bad Touch” and how to say “NO” in such situations
  4. Encourage parents through “Parenting Skill” trainings to create a friendly environment in the home to help children share their daily experiences freely with the parents
  5. Village level institutions like the VCPCs, CCs and SMCs  were awakened through meetings to go hand-in-hand in and to stimulate strong action to curb this menace as it secretly spoils the life of the children by damaging their image and self-confidence
  6. Establish Common Access points in schools to which children can bring such issues without any hesitation

Drop-in Centre is an additional support system for CNCP category children through which they can avail temporary stay facility in a homelike environment during their visit to CWC or DCPU . Earlier children coming from rural set-up had a very harrowing experience of taking rest in the rest houses at Bus-stands and under the shop awnings. Such practice discouraged children and the caregivers to come to official establishments for official documentation work thereby the child protection service mechanism loop seemed to have snapped. For an effective and continued service to CNCPs, YCDA devised this concept in collaboration with Dist. administration. Children are no more facing stressful situation as they are being provided fooding, lodging, medical care, counseling and night-stay facilities at the centre. Such a facility has come out successful in bringing the following outcomes:

 

  1. Children visiting CWC or other offices find themselves in a homelike environment and enjoying their time without getting bored
  2. Deployment of well-trained caretaker at the centre taking good care of children and accompaniers
  3. Strong counselling at the centre has resulted in reuniting children with their families
  4. administration feels relaxed as they were facing problem in executing documentation work requiring frequent meeting with children and the caregivers
  5. It has certainly lessened the unnecessary mental and transportation burden of children and the caregivers
  6. Children, being in homelike environment, are free from stressful situation and also spending quality time with smiles on their faces

Drop-in Centre for children in immediate need of care & Protection