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A child friendly place in every place

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CHILDLINE India Foundation (CIF) released 'The Everywhere Child Project..A child friendly place in every space', a National Study on Child Protection Mechanisms on the January 4, 2012 at its National Partnership Meet of CHILDLINE Directors.

The launch programme began with Dr. Armaity Desai, Trustee, CIF highlighting the need to see the 'child' as a rights-holder and equal to the adult counterpart. She expressed how the need of the hour is to protect and secure a child's childhood and that protection and safety of the child is the responsibility of each and everyone, not just of those directly charged with their protection. Introducing the Study, Dr Desai stated that it recommended a new approach to addressing the issue of child protection viz that instead of merely looking at child protection issues in general as is now the case, the Study focuses on issues relating to child protection specific to each space through which children traverse. This, she said, was a bold and new initiative taken to highlight the gross inadequacies faced by the child.

Continuing on from the overview of the Study given by Dr. Armaity Desai, Ms. Nicole Menezes, Deputy Director, CIF presented key findings based on analysis of data collected from 11 states across the country. She mentioned that the Study focused on five spaces (Public Service Space (Education and Health Space), Public Institutional Care Services, Statutory Bodies for Child Protection, Public Safety Space and Common Public Spaces) and that inputs for the Study were obtained from duty bearers, civil society members and children through interviews, focus group discussions and consultative meets. Further, she shared how a major contribution in the Study was the space-wise standards recommended, which was evolved through extensive consultations held with civil society groups and experts on the subject of child protection.

The Everywhere Child Project - A child friendly place in every place

Towards a child friendly place in every space: Dr. Armaity Desai, Dr. Syeda Hameed & Ms. Kajol Menon during release of the study in Delhi

Dr. Syeda Hameed, Member Planning Commission, Government of India who released the publication, while acknowledging the Study and the fresh approach to child protection, appreciated that the Study had taken into account the voices of children. She said she hoped to present this different approach to child protection in the Planning Commission discussion forums and how a framework could be evolved from the Study for the Planning Commission to demand accountability from the States.

The launch ended with initiating a dialogue on safe spaces for children which was paneled by Mr. Jose Bergua (Chief Child Protection, UNICEF, Delhi), Mr. Tom Thomas (CEO, PRAXIS Institute of Particiaptory Research), Ms. Nina Nayak (Chairperson, KSPCR), Dr. Aditi Mehta (Principal Secretary, Women and Child Development, Govt. of Rajasthan) and Dr. T. Kumar ( Principal Secretary, Women and Child Development).

Findings of the Study - PDF

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