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CHILDLINE - 8th National Partnership Meet

CHILDLINE 1098 SERVICE1098 Events 8th National Partnership Meet (Directors)

8th National Partnership Meet (Directors)

CHILDLINE spread across 72 cities in India is a network of 156 partner organizations. The National Partnership Meet (NPM) of Directors has been an annual feature of CIF since its inception. The partnership meet aims at providing a platform to the directors to share their views and concerns on policy related matters of CHILDLINE functioning and child related issues for the better functioning of CHILDINE services across India.

Being in its 10th year of functioning in the field of children in need of care and protection the 8th NPM focused on reviewing the CHILDLINE services and paving way for future thrust in the areas of advocacy for child protection at the national level.

The meet was also a forum for the partners to share the activities undertaken by the two Task Force groups - Networking & Advocacy: Children's Issues, and Reengineering & Growth (Interventions, Partnerships and Technology). Additionally policy level decisions pertaining to CHILDLINE functioning at the city level were also focused upon.

The 8th NPM of CHILDLINE Directors' commenced on 3rd June 2006 following the National Children's Meet 2006. The partnership meet concluded on 4th June 2006. 105 Directors of the various partner organizations across India attended the meet that was organized at the YMCA International, Mumbai.

Mr. Jaideep Singh Kochher, Director, Child Welfare, Ministry of Women and Child Development inaugurated the meet by lighting the traditional lamp. Also present were Mr. Parvesh, Consultant, NISD. Ms. Kajol Menon, Executive Director, CIF welcomed the gathering and traced the history and journey of CHILDLINE during its 10 years of existence.

The sessions of the two day meet focused on

  • Issues in Child Protection,
  • Task force deliberation,
  • Data for Advocacy,
  • Group Discussions and Way Ahead for Interventions in issues of Child Labour, Child Trafficking, Child Participation, importance of JJ Act and NICP.

The first session of the meet focused on Issues in Child Protection. The sessions dealt with various perspectives of Child Protection. Ms. Jeroo Billimoria, Founder Trustee, CIF spoke on the role of CHILDLINE in shaping the vision of Child Protection. CHILDLINE-India has set an example of help line service for children in need there by protecting their rights. A Child help line is primary strategy for Child Protection. CHI is advocating that it should be made mandatory in every country to start a help line.

Child Protection was also looked at from the global perspective and more specifically from the point of Intervention for CHILDLINE. In dealing with this issue, which is also the main focus of CHILDINE under its NICP programme, a series of specific measures were outlaid to be taken up by CHILDLINE for better intervention and quality of services and outreach.

During the 7th National Partnership Meet, 2004-05 two task force groups were formulated to draw ideas and strategies for implementation for CHILDLINE to move ahead in its services. Over the year the task force groups had organized a series of meets to chalk out their strategies. The final outcome of these meets were consolidated and presented at the NPM. The five Task Force groups - task force on Children's issues: Networking and Advocacy, Intervention, Partnerships, Coverage and Technology presented their papers and strategies for implementation.


CHILDLINE - 8th National Partnership Meet Issues covered in each task force group