Child Protection is about protecting children from or against any perceived or real danger or risk to their life, person hood and childhood. It is about reducing their vulnerability to any kind of harm and protecting them in harmful situations. We work towards ensuring that no child falls out of the social security and safety net and 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. Failure to protect children from issues such as violence in schools, child labor, harmful traditional practices, child marriage, child abuse, the absence of parental care and commercial sexual exploitation among others, means failure in fulfilling both the Constitutional and International commitments towards children.
India is home to almost 19% of the world’s children. More than one third of the country’s population, around 440 million, is below 18 years. It is estimated that around 170 million or 40 per cent of India’s children are vulnerable to or experiencing difficult circumstances. The neglect of child protection issues results in outright violation of the rights of the children and increases their vulnerability to abuse, neglect and exploitation.
India has adopted a number of laws and formulated a range of policies to ensure children’s protection and improvement in their situation. However, these laws and policies promising respect for child rights, their protection and well being have not resulted in much improvement in lives of millions of children who continue to be deprived of their rights, abused, exploited and taken away from their families and communities. Scant attention and feeble commitment to resolving child protection problems have resulted in poor implementation of these laws and policies.
Looking in to the need, YCDA in collaboration with various statutory bodies like Child Welfare Committees (CWC) and service delivery bodies like District Child Protection Unit & Child Line,have made numerous interventions/steps with a focus to provide immediate services to these children and taken steps for lasting results. Formation of Children groups, Village Child Protection Committee (VCPC) and working closely with these groups in realizing the rights of the children are main drive of our interventions.