Child Protection Programmes
Urban Deprived Children Centre (Chinnara Thangudhama
This project was initiated on 4th December 2010 and ran up to 2013 with the support of the education department. Since 2014, Sparsha Trust is managing this residential Centre only for boys above 14 years with the support of Infinite Computer Solutions and individual donors. The boys, who stay here till they complete their education, get job placement or are referred to vocational training colleges. The boys access a wholesome development experience at the centre as they get food, educational materials, support in studying, health care facilities and career counseling.
About ChildLine 1098
Imagine a 24-hour confidential emergency hot line for children. India’s first.
ChildLine provides 24-hour, toll free, emergency phone service for children in need of care and protection. Any child or concerned adult can call 1098 any time of the day or night. We especially want to help children who are being treated violently or sexually abused by adults.
Each call center has a team of trained youth who answer calls 24 hours a day. Within 60 minutes the team rushes to the child to resolve the crisis. This may involve going to a police station, the Juvenile Welfare Board to or a hospital. We remain in contact with the child until the crisis ends and then offer options for long term rehabilitation.
Results during 2017-18:
- Rescue: 442 cases were reported, of which Devanahalli had 106 cases, Hoskote had 111 cases, Doddaballapur had 108 cases and Nelamangala had 97 cases. There were 217 cases under phone testing activities. Of the 111 cases in Hoskote, 20-25 children have been rescued. And of the 106 cases in Devanahalli, about 20 cases have been rescued.
- Open House programme: 5 open house programmes were held during the year
- Outreach and awareness: About 6680 children from 130 schools and child care centres attended the outreach and awareness programmes.
Sparsha Trust is working for the identification, rescue and rehabilitationof children who are into begging and on the streets by collaborating with thePolice, Department of Women and Child Development, Department of Education and Department of Labour. Working in Bangalore North along with other NGOs, every two years, there is a designated ‘rescue day’, during which Sparsha Trust identifies children who are begging on the streets and tries to rehabilitate them in their families or in childcare homes as per the guidelines. We rescued 300 children in 2010 and about 295 children in 2013. We are actively engaging with the Department to identify children in need of care and protection, rescue children from begging and rehabilitate them as per the guidelines of the Juvenile Justice Act.
Member of RTE Task Force (Right To Education):
Since 2013, Sparsha Trust is part of an important RTE Task Force which is a coalition of NGOs working for children’s Education Rights. Given its rich grassroots level experience, Sparsha Trust has contributed to the Task Force by creating awareness about Right To Education (RTE) and has resolved cases related to violation of Child Rights.
Human Trafficking Abolition Coalition Bangalore Rural
Awareness about Human Rights violation, human trafficking, abuses on children and women is an important step towards taking action against the offenders and protecting children and women. As a district convener of the HTAC, in collaboration with International Justice Mission, the police and other NGOs, Sparsha Trust has created awareness about related issues since 2015 in Bangalore Rural. Cases are informed to the right authorities. We have also created awareness about the issues among all the Panchayats in Bangalore Rural Districts. Since 2015, we are engaged in preventing human trafficking in various ways.
KSCPCR:Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights
Apart from field based activities, Sparsha Trust is striving to bring about a change at the larger level through advocacy, large scale awareness programmes, strengthening of policies and their implementation related to Child Rights and its protection in Karnataka.
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