Catalysts for Social Action (CSA) partnered with the Department of Women and Child Development (DWCD), Indore Division, Madhya Pradesh for a pilot project to train 8000 Anganwadi Workers (AWWs) in 4 districts of the Division with an objective of training AWWs to identify vulnerable children in their area and report them to appropriate authorities for necessary action. The pilot run was an eye-opener, with nearly 2000 children identified who were possibly in need of support, care, and protection. We conducted around 400 urgent investigations of children’s cases that needed immediate attention. This information will be submitted to the district authorities for action.
We also created a Video to increase awareness for the same.
In the last three months, post completion of our Anganwadi Worker trainings about which we mentioned in our previous report, we have been involved in collating and analysing information received from the Anganwadi Workers. Following their training, the Anganwadi Workers had conducted a survey in their respective local areas to identify children in need of support and protection. We received more than 2061 survey forms from the 4 districts where the project was implemented.
As of now, we have been able to do a detailed analysis data of one district, which is Indore. 650 cases of children said to be in need of care and protection were reported from this district, of which 293 were male and 357 were female. Most children were in the age group of less than 10years followed by 11-15 years. 47% of the children lived with a single parent, whereas 30% lived with a relative and 16% lived with their parents. We did a preliminary inspection of the survey forms to identify cases which needed priority attention.
43 cases were such that the children who needed high priority support, whereas 74 were those of medium priority and 58 of low priority.
In the coming weeks, we plan to complete the analysis of data from each of the districts where the survey was conducted, and submit our report to the Government for action on identified cases.
By Kinjal Mehta | Asst Manager- Donor Relations & Communications
Two Children rescued from Madhya Pradesh
Catalysts for Social Action’s efforts to train Anganwadi (grass root level) workers in 4 districts of Madhya Pradesh on legal provisions related to vulnerable children bore fruit when two children aged 4 and 6 living were rescued and placed in a child care institution. The training program for Anganwadi workers was implemented in partnership with Department of Women and Child Development (DWCD), Indore Division, Government of Madhya Pradesh with the objective to build capacity of Anganwadi workers to identify and respond to cases of child in need of care and protection. 51 trainings were conducted to train almost 8000 Anganwadi workers from Indore, Khandwa, Dhar and Barwani were trained on child rights, provisions related to children in need of care and protection (CNCP) in the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015, and alternative care for CNCP.
Post training, information was received by the CSA team from an Anganwadi worker about two destitute children living with their mentally challenged mother in the outskirts of Indore. A detailed investigation by CSA team revealed that the children had no one to take care of them and had to beg to feed themselves. This investigation report was handed over to DWCD which then forwarded it to Childline for rescue of the children. While the children were rescued, produced before the Child Welfare Committee, and placed in a child care institution, the mother was admitted to a hospital by the police for her medical needs.
It is estimated that 40% of children in India are vulnerable due to difficult circumstances characterized by their social, economic and geo-political challenges. Many of them could be exposed to situations of grave risk, such as extreme poverty, child abuse, child marriage and child labour. While laws and policies for protection of such children and for have been enacted, locating and identifying such children and their families who could benefit from provisions under the laws continues to be a challenge for authorities. Training of grassroots workers (such as Anganwadi workers in this case) could bridge this gap to a great extent.
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