Child Protection

 

IPER being a rights based organisation believes that every child has its right as guaranteed by the UN CRC. India, as a signatory to this, is committed ensuring that children receive their rights.

All the projects taken up by IPER are based on the principle of Best Interest of the child. The guiding principle being the four categories of Rights, IPER has undertaken the following activities under the four categories:

Survival Rights

  • Immunisation – of children by conducting pulse polio, Vaccines
  • Health care & Medical check – up and treatment through a clinic at IPER as well as by linking-up with hospitals both state and private for children when sick along with pathological tests
  • Treatment & providing nutritional supplementation to mild and moderately malnourished babies and children

Development Rights
All projects IPER carries out the focus is on EDUCATION as the VERY RIGHT of the child.
Enforced by the Right to Education Act 2009 in India IPER has set up:

  • Community Learning Centres in the slums
  • Remedial education for weak students
  • Sports and games
  • Musical skills, dance training, participation in different social programme for allowing expression of the talents of children

Protection Rights
As enshrined in the UN CRC IPER undertakes to create an organisation that is safe for children and advocates a Zero Tolerance policy towards abuse of children in all its forms.

Participation Rights

Children need to participate and voice their opinions. Sharing sessions at IPER are a regular feature in all its projects. Children’s Committee have been formed in the ICPS project in line with the Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Act, 2015 with Model Rules 2016.

Three age groups have been covered: a) 6-10 years  b) 11-15 years and c) 16-18 years. Each of the three committees would elect their own leader and meet every month. These children’s committees have been constituted solely by children and would participate in activities such as improvement in the condition of the institute; creative expression of their views through wall papers/newsletters/paintings/music/theatre; reporting abuse by peers and caregivers to mention a few.

It is noteworthy to mention that IPER, way back in 1994, first highlighted the need and importance for children to participate by facilitating the Bishnupur Shishu Panchayat ( Children’s Local government) with support from UNICEF.