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India’s first child friendly Railway station – Child Protection System Presentation by Railway Children For OHCHR expert consultation 1 st November 2011. Website: www.railwaychildren.org.uk
India’s first child friendly Railway station – Child Protection SystemPresentation by Railway ChildrenFor OHCHR expert consultation1st November 2011
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(E.g. Uttar Pradesh has 83 Districts, but there are only 33 Govt. homes for children and only 3 for physically challenged – JJ Act provisions for Govt. home in all the districts.)
Multi stakeholder child protection systems led by Govt. stakeholders – a workable solution to strengthen the implementation of schemes and legislative provisions
@ Charbagh, India’s 1st child friendly station
-Every lost/runaway child is immediately attended to.
-More children avail basic facilities, reunified with families
-More RPF/GRP referrals
-More awareness, JJ Act trainings
-No drug peddlers/beggars/pimps
300+ Railway/RPF/GRP personnel pledge to make Lucknow India’s 1st CFS by 2011.
Participation in Vision 20-20 conference
Railway Children Protection & Surveillance Mechanism
NR forms Special Task Force which declares making Lucknow child friendly by 2011, its goal
4 Child Welfare Officers appointed
Stakeholder network very active
Railways, RPF/ GRP, vendors, porters begin tracking new children @ the platform
Child Protection Committee formed
Railways & NGOs engage in public-pvt partnership
JJ Act & Child Right trainings
State level consultation
1st child protection booth set up at the station
Ehsaas: outreach & DIC
Children at Lucknow
- Don’t have access to basic facilities
- Addicted to sniffing ‘solution’
- Police book them under Railway Act rather than JJ Act
Tunnels of Challenges
Mobility of children
North Eastern railways are not as active as Northern Railways
Older children = ‘troublemakers’
Only new/lost children are a priority
Procedural delays – e.g. transfers/orienting new staff
Journey of India’s first Child Friendly Railway Station
AND MONITORING COMMITTEE
Station level Railway & police officials and NGO coordinators and outreach workers
RAILWAY CHILDREN SURVEILLANCE AND PROTECTION CELL
SURVEILLANCE & PROTECTION NETWORK
Lucknow – Multi stakeholder Child Protection Network
1. Child welfare officers in RPF & GRP (JJ Act)
2. Outreach at station linked to CWC in the city (JJ Act)
3. Govt. home for children linked for medium term care and protection (JJ Act)
4. Need based residential vocational training (ICPS)
This “child protection network” ensures effective implementation of various legislations and schemes in Uttar Pradesh at a macro level and Lucknow city at a micro level.
Traffickers are also being intercepted and children rescued . Also, perpetrators of crime against children are arrested by police and punished. – Child labour Act and Immoral Trafficking prevention Act. No. of children etc… - include that.
Key Learning: - For the sustenance of multiple stakeholder initiative, it is effective if primary Govt. stakeholder (not the civil society) takes the lead.