At the age of 18, young adult aren’t fully equipped to handle their life by themselves. They need guidance and support to lead their life. This Aftercare programme connection the gap helps them to take the responsibility in young adult stage. This programme also empowers them to complete their education, stand on their feet and live independent and successful lives.
According to the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 (JJ Act 2015), aftercare in India means ‘making provision of support, financial or otherwise, to persons, who have completed the age of eighteen years but have not completed twenty-one years, and have left any institutional care to join the mainstream of society’
LEGAL AND SCHEME PROVISION
Juvenile Justice Care and Protection Act 2015.
The following sections of Juvenile Justice care and protection Acts 2015, contain legal and
schematic provisions for providing aftercare services in India.
Process to Re-integration to community
Round table meeting with CWC (Child Welfare Committee) and DCPU (District child Protection Unit)
YCDA Resource Centre to promote conducted round table meeting to promote Aftercare programme in Puri in Collaboration with DCPU and CWC Puri. The District Child Protection Unit (DCPU), CWC members, representatives from 21 CCIs, staff from YCDA participated in the discussion. Participants discussed on various issues exist at different level for effective implementation of aftercare support to the children in the district.
Key discussions are as follows:
The Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Act 2015 (JJACT), provides for institutional care for Juveniles in Conflict with (JCL) and Children in Need of Care and Protection (CNCP) up to the age of 18 years. Most of the children living in institutional care have nowhere to go once they reach the age of 18 years and after discharge from institution. Aftercare is the provision of care for all children after they have reached the age of 18 years, and are discharged from Children’s Homes/Special Homes or from Child Care Institutions (CCIs). Children who have completed 18 years may be referred to as “young adults”. It is to help or prepare them to be self-independent who can be sustain by them-selves during the transition from institutional to independent life.
YCDA is working with District Child Protection Unit(DCPU), Child welfare committee (CWC), Child Care Institutions (CCIs), District Administration and initiated group home for Aftercare children. It has been declared as After Care Organization. The aspiration of the programme is children will be socially re-integrated in terms of higher education, employment and other social benefits. We are also providing them group independent living facilities including vocational and life skill education.
Level of Intervention:
During the period we have identified 50 After Care children who are parentless and they are staying in group living arrangement. So far we have done
At CCI Level: YCDA with support from District Child Protection Unit (DCPU) has done the map of all the children between the age group of 15 and above to identify their interest, skills, education status etc. YCDA already developed the format to keep track of all informations of the children.
We are also focus to adolescents above 15 years at Child care institution (CCI) to give guidance and consultation to children and building their career in a right direction.
The Individual care plan has revisited to integrate the exist and future plan of child and to handle the process through a structured case management approach. Career plan is key important for children. Through this, they must have proper indication, self-confident and right decision making for choosing the path of their career.
Career guidance enables deep inner exploration to understand their core interests, which will help the children to choose subjects and a career which they are more likely to enjoy
Counseling Support: Counseling support is provided to all children in a regular basis to improve the skill of decision making, reduce stress, maintain a better self-esteem and confidence and feel more positive and optimistic towards life.
Life Skill Education: Life skill education is given to 50nos of children to enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life.
Monitoring is very important for children. The joint monitoring DCPU, CWC and YCDA are doing the periodic monitoring to After care children.
With Govt. and other agency :
Our children are now able to access of vocational training, job placement through tie-ups with Govt. and vocational training institute created by YCDA. 25 children are linkage with vocational training DDU-GKY, CTTC (Central tools room training)
Impact of the Programme in project period:
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