Resources

1. Guidelines Governing Adoption of Children -2015

The guidelines governing the adoption of children lists the preliminary steps, the procedure relating to the children for adoption, the adoption procedure for resident Indians, adoption procedure for non-resident Indian, overseas citizen of India and foreign prospective adoptive parents, role of concerned authorities and agencies and other miscellaneous provisions.
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2. Child Marriage Act – 2006

The prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006 - an Act to provide for the prohibition of solemnisation of child marriages and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
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3. Children in India 2012 – A Statistical Appraisal

The children of today are the future of tomorrow; this powerful statement assumes special significance in our context as children (0-14 years) comprise one third of the total population in the country. Every child, on provision of a conducive and an enabling environment, may blossom into an ever fragrant flower, to shine in all spheres of life. This reminds us of the onerous responsibility that we have to mould and shape their present conditions in the best possible way.
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4. Convention on the Rights of the Child

The convention on the rights of the child overviews the observations, follow-up measures undertaken and progress achieved by the State party, factors and difficulties impeding the implementation of the Convention, principal subject of concern and recommendations, etc.
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5. Handbook on Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace

With improved access to education and employment, millions of Indian women are entering the country’s workforce today. Many working women face sexual harassment at the workplace on a daily basis. It is crucial therefore that as a country, we strive to eliminate workplace sexual harassment since women have the right to work in safe and secure environment. It is the responsibility of every employer to ensure safety of women in a work environment and improve their participation.
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6. Juvenile Justice Act 2016

The Ministry of Law and Justice have published the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 which concerns the care and protection of children in India.
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7. National Commission for protection of Child Rights Rules,2006

The Ministry of women and child development has released a notification concerning the powers exercised on the Commissions for the protection of child Rights under the Commissions for the protection of child Rights Act, 2005.
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8. The National Policy for Children 2013

The National Policy for Children, 1974 recognized that programmes for children should find prominent place in national plans for the development of human resources, so that children grow up to become robust citizens, physically fit, mentally alert and morally healthy, endowed with the skills and motivations provided by society.
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9. The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012

To deal with child sexual abuse cases, the Government has brought in a special law, namely, The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012. The Act has come into force with effect from 14th November, 2012 along with the Rules framed thereunder. The POCSO Act, 2012 is a comprehensive law to provide for the protection of children from the offences of sexual assault, sexual harassment and pornography, while safeguarding the interests of the child at every stage of the judicial process by incorporating child-friendly mechanisms for reporting, recording of evidence, investigation and speedy trial of offences through designated Special Courts.
To Know more: The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act 2012-Model Guidelines

10. Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls (RGSEAG)

The objectives of the Scheme are to: i. Enable the AGs for self-development and empowerment ii. Improve their nutrition and health status. iii. Promote awareness about health, hygiene, nutrition, Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health (ARSH) and family and child care. iv. Upgrade their home-based skills, life skills and tie up with National Skill Development Program (NSDP) for vocational skills v. Mainstream out of school AGs into formal/non formal education vi. Provide information/guidance about existing public services such as PHC,CHC, Post Office, Bank, Police Station, etc.
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11. REVISED INTEGRATED CHILD PROTECTION SCHEME (ICPS).

‘Child Protection’ is about protecting children from or against any perceived or real danger or risk to their life, their personhood and childhood. It is about reducing their vulnerability to any kind of harm and ensuring that no child falls out of the social safety net and that 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. The Government recognizes these children as ‘children in difficult circumstances’, characterised by their specific social, economic and geo-political situations. In addition to providing a safe environment for these children, it is imperative to ensure that all other children also remain protected. This is because Child protection is integrally linked to every other right of the child.
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12. The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Rules, 2012

The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Rules, 2012 outlines all the rules on the protection of children from all kinds of sexual offences in detail
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13. The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005

This is an Act to provide for more effective protection of the rights of women guaranteed under the Constitution who are victims of violence of any kind occurring within the family and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
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14. The National Policy for Children, 2013

The Government of India have had under consideration a National Policy for Children to reiterate the commitment to the rights based approach for children. India is home to the largest child population in the world. The Constitution of India guarantees Fundamental Rights to all children in the country and empowers the State to make special provisions for children. The Directive Principles of State Policy specifically guide the State in securing the tender age of children from abuse and ensuring that children are given opportunities and facilities to develop in a healthy manner in conditions of freedom and dignity. The State is responsible for ensuring that childhood is protected from exploitation and moral and material abandonment.
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1. Guidance for Preparing Standard Operating Procedures – SOPs – US

A Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is a set of written instructions that document a routine or repetitive activity followed by an organization. The development and use of SOPs are an integral part of a successful quality system as it provides individuals with the information to perform a job properly, and facilitates consistency in the quality and integrity of a product or end-result. SOPs describe both technical and fundamental programmatic operational elements of an organization that would be managed under a work plan.
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2. Standard Operating Procedures for Child Welfare Committee(CWC) – Maharashtra

The Government of Maharashtra has established one Child Welfare Committee for each of the thirty five districts of the State. The SOPs identify and provide the CWCs with a better understanding of the Act and its effective implementation to address the specific and individualized needs of children. The SOPs have been developed from existing best practices of the CWCs across Maharashtra and a positive interpretation of the JJ Act.
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3. Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for Implementing Social Care for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) – Cambodia

Standards for operating procedures for implementing social care for Orphans and Vulnerable children covers the Background and rationale, model for comprehensive care and protection of OVC, Overview of Continuum of Care, it lists the objectives and the Standard Minimum Package of Social Care and various other things.
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1. Child Trauma Slides

This covers the principles of Neurodevelopment into Clinical practices and other crucial information on child trauma.
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2. Ethical Approaches to Gathering Information from Children and Adolescents in International Settings

People in different professional, geographical, or cultural groups are often confused by each other’s use of language. Some groups use different words to mean the same thing. Others use the same word but interpret it in different ways. To improve the lives of children and adolescents it is necessary to find out about their circumstances, their needs, and the services they require to meet their needs. Program managers and researchers who gather this information in order to develop and evaluate appropriate responses to the needs of children and adolescents must maintain high ethical standards in order to protect and respect them. Observing ethical standards is important for all information gathering that involves people, including program monitoring and evaluation and research studies. However, extra precautions are needed to protect young people, who are especially vulnerable to exploitation, abuse, and other harmful outcomes. This publication is aimed at people working with children and adolescents in a variety of settings, sensitivity and clear communication are required. It explains the technical words and related terms used in standard procedures.
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3. Impact Evaluation Tool Kit Guide - Measuring the Impact of Results-Based Financing on Maternal and Child Health

The Impact Evaluation Toolkit is a hands-on guide on how-to design and implement impact evaluations. While many parts of the toolkit can apply to impact evaluation in general, the focus of the toolkit is to help evaluate the impact Results-Based Financing (RBF) projects in the health sector on maternal and child health. The Toolkit is geared primarily at impact evaluations of RBF projects that focus on improving maternal and child health.
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4. Examining Child Maltreatment Through a Neurodevelopmental Lens -Clinical Applications of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics

This article provides the theoretical rationale and overview of a neuro-developmentally informed approach to therapeutic work with maltreated and traumatized children and youth. Rather than focusing on any specific therapeutic technique, the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) allows identification of the key systems and areas in the brain which have been impacted by adverse developmental experiences and helps target the selection and sequence of therapeutic, enrichment, and educational activities. In the preliminary applications of this approach in a variety of clinical settings, the outcomes have been positive.
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5. Gender, sexual abuse and risk behaviours in adolescents a cross-sectional survey in schools in Goa, India

There is growing evidence that the broader context of reproductive health pertaining to adolescence needs attention. For example, in developing countries, mental disorders such as depression and substance abuse are among the most important causes of morbidity and disability in adolescents. Attempted suicide is the single most important cause of death and hospitalization among adolescents in South Asia. Girls are more likely to attempt suicide than boys, and this seems to be linked with their lack of control over reproductive decision-making. Studies show that violence against women is a serious social and public health issue in India. Sexual abuse of adolescents may also be a widespread problem with serious implications for their mental health.
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6. Handbook for Development Programmes - World Vision

This Handbook describes the essentials of WV’s Development Programme Approach. The focus of this approach is equipping local-level staff to work effectively with communities and partners towards the sustained well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable. The approach serves as a vehicle to integrate and focus WV’s development programmes on child well-being priorities – including the child wellbeing targets in the WV national office strategy. WV’s Development Programme Approach is built on good practices from many WV offices and programmes, as well as learning from other organisations. It reflects and enables continuous improvement of WV’s development practice.
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7. India - Building a Protection Environment for Children

While children’s rights are human rights, the need to focus on the child and the rights of the child specially, and more specifically, has been recognised the world over. In today’s circumstances, growing violence against children, lack of spaces and platforms for children to seek justice, inadequate infrastructure to cater to their needs, the whole perception of children as extensions of parents and their treatment as parent’s property are some of the critical child protection issues that call for utmost and immediate attention. The Constitution of India recognises the vulnerable position of children and their right to protection.
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8. Child Protection - A Handbook for Teachers

India is home to more than 40 crore children. Though we have made considerable economic and social progress since independence, a large number of children are still living in inhuman and pathetic conditions. They are subject to abuse and exploitation, especially the girl child. They are deprived of basic services and forced to drop from school and work. They are living on streets and mostly get trafficked for sexual and other purposes. Trafficking of girls for commercial sexual exploitation, domestic labour and forced marriage continues to be a serious problem. Such children need special care and protection. They need to be rescued, rehabilitated, repatriated and reintegrated into the mainstream of life. A protective environment has to be created to ensure their access to education, protection from economic and sexual exploitation and to make them lead their lives with safety and dignity. The community has a major role to play in creating such an environment. This Handbook on Child Protection for Teachers has been prepared with the objective to help them understand the problems of such vulnerable children and take appropriate and suitable measures in the given circumstances to protect children from all forms of violence, abuse and exploitation.
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