Child Protection

IPER being a Rights based organisation believes that every child should have her rights as enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. India signed the Convention on December, 1992 and is committed to guarantee the rights of the child..

All the projects taken up by IPER are based on the principle of the BEST INTEREST of the child.

The guiding principle being the four categories of Rights, IPER has undertaken following activities under the four categories:

Survival Rights:

Immunisation of children by conducting Pulse Polio, Vaccines

Health care & Medical check-up and treatment through the clinic at IPER as well as by linking-up with Hospitals, both state and private for children when sick along with pathological tests, when required

Treating & providing nutritional supplementation to mild and moderately malnourished babies and children

Development Rights:

In all the projects IPER carries out the focus is on EDUCATION as the VERY RIGHT of the child.

This effort of IPER has been strengthened by the Right to Education Act 2009 -

Community Learning Centres within the slums

Remedial education for weak students

Sports and games

Training on musical skills, dance, participation in different social programme for allowing expression of the talents of children

Protection Rights:

As enshrined in the UNCRC IPER has undertaken creation of a situation that is safe for children and advocates a Zero Tolerance policy towards abuse of children in all its forms. The programme consists of:

Open Shelter named 'Swapnaneer' [Dream House] under Integrated Child Protection Scheme, for girls who are vulnerable for their safety and security

Self-defense though training on TaekWon-Do, Kick-boxing and Muay Thai

Dance Movement Therapy for behaviour management, emotional control and building of self-esteem and confidence

Formation of 'Protection Group' for children in the community

Developed and enforced a ‘Child Protection Policy’

Running ChildLine for children in crisis

Participation Rights:

Children need to participate and VOICE their opinion so IPER arranged for Sharing sessions amongst children and others at IPER are regular feature through monthly meetings and Focus Group Discussions

Participation of children in programme like Publishing ‘Beyond Borders' – with Photo shoot sessions, Editing and interviewing for reporting

Photography Workshop & Self-Image through pictures

Active Citizens Programme of British CouncilProducing Children's Magazine 'Udaan''Read 4 Fun' - a mobile Library taken to the slums

Capacity Building – Child Rights, life skills & social skills, soft-skills

In the past IPER had worked on 'Convention on the Rights on the Child' by Facilitation of 'Bishnupur Shishu Panchayat' [Children's Local Government] with support from UNICEF

Training on Convention on the Rights of the Child with school children and teachers

Formation of Children's Borough Council in the city of Kolkata

Publication of 'Primer on Convention on the Rights of the Child' in English and Bengali language