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NICP - The National Initiative for Child Protection - Objectives

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OBJECTIVE

OBJECTIVE 1

1. Evolve an Integrated Child Protection Policy to ensure that we reach out to all groups of children in need of care and protection.

2. To ensure children's rights within the context of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.


To ensure that every child has a Right to Survival, the following aspects in relation to child protection need to be adopted:

1. Provide access to health care services for children in emergency situations and for prevention of disease, through the existing health care network.
2. Provide shelter, where the family is not able to provide it or where the family abode is so intolerable to the child that she or he chooses not to live in it
3. Provide nutritional facilities for children in need of care and protection.
4. Provide a nationality and an identity

To ensure that every child has a Right to Protection, the following aspects in Relation to child protection need to be adopted:

1. Provide every child protection from abuse in the family situation as well as in the work situation (while still believing that children should not be working at all)
2. Implement legal provisions, where they exist, and monitor this implementation
3. Sensitise the Allied Systems to their responsibilities in child protection and in ensuring the well-being of the child
4. Overhaul the Juvenile Justice Act which has been formulated specially for children to reflect our commitment to the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child
5. Implement the Juvenile Justice Act at all levels, following the spirit and the letter of the law
6. Sensitise the justice system to deal with child victims, bearing in mind the possibility that victimisation could be doubled by harsh treatment
7. Provision of shelter facilities or institutional/ non-institutional care that ensures meeting the needs of all children in need of care and protection

To ensure that every child has a Right to Development, the following aspects in relation to child protection need to be adopted:

1. Provide children in need of care and protection, access to quality education geared to their needs.
2. Respect the child's right to leisure.

To ensure that every child has a Right to Participation, the following aspects in relation to child protection need to be adopted:

1. Plan with children, the strategies, to create a child-friendly environment
2. Invite children as resource persons in sessions with the Allied systems
3. Spread awareness about Child Rights through child participation
4. Seek children's participation in sharing feedback with the Allied Systems.

OBJECTIVE 2

To determine the extent of the problem in relation to children in need of care
and protection. Children in need of care and protection include:

a) Street children (includes abandoned and missing children)
b) Child labour (includes bonded child labour and child domestic workers)
c) Children who have been abused (whether sexually, physically, emotionally either within the family or by others in their environment)
d) Child victims of the flesh trade
e) Differently-abled children
f) Child addicts
g) Children in conflict with the law
h) Children in institutions
i) Mentally ill children
j) Children affected by HIVs/ AIDS
k) Children affected by conflict or disasters
l) Child political refugees
m)Children whose families are in crisis (includes children whose parents are infected/affected by the HIV; children of commercial sex workers; children of substance abusers; children in families where a member is ill; children whose parents are prisoners and children whose families are forced to migrate)

OBJECTIVE 3

To create an infrastructure to meet the special needs of children in need of care and protection

OBJECTIVE 4
To evolve a comprehensive scheme which responds to the needs of all children in need of care and protection.

OBJECTIVE 5

To sensitise the allied systems and the community at large, to recognise the individuality of each child and to respect the social requirements of some children; especially those of marginalized groups

OBJECTIVE 6

To systematically intervene in child protection, there is a need to create an autonomous body, under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (SJ&E) that would integrate different aspects related to
child protection.

CHILDLINE India Foundation (CIF) in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (SJ&E) has initiated the National Initiative for Child Protection (NICP), a campaign that seeks to protect and promote the right of children by placing child rights on the agenda of all allied system, evolving avenues of collaboration between government departments and non government organisations and ensuring greater access to services such as shelters, counselling services etc.

Since June 2000, CHILDLINE India Foundation has coordinated 602 trainings, in 14 cities across the country. The allied systems included police, healthcare, judicial system, Juvenile justice system, education system, transport system, labour system, media, telecom, corporate sector, elected representatives and concerned adults. The total trained persons were close to sixty thousand at senior, middle and grassroot level.

CIF is also functioning as the inspection agency of the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment (SJ&E) for the Street Children Scheme.

Based on the NGO feedback and the experience of the inspection team, CHILDLINE India Foundation recommends that training of the NGOs and the Allied system towards a child rights perspective should be included in the scheme, the scope of the scheme should be clearly defined, the budget allocations should be revised , the criterion for the implementation of the scheme should be systematic, new areas for research on issues related to children should be identified, the government should play a more active role to facilitate the scheme and that there should be one central monitoring body to monitor the scheme.


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