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SPARSHA TRUST

Children Coverage Detail

Year Female Male Total
2009-10 28 21 49
2010-11 115 96 211
2011-12 50 156 206
2012-13 150 231 381
2013-14 108  181 289
2014-15 99 127 226

Child protection

CHILDLINE 1098

What street children in India needed was a helpline, their own helpline.

In recognition of Sparsha’s capability of reaching out to the needy children in a continuous manner and having the right impact through effective suite of intervention services, the Government of India has selected Sparsha to set up a ChildLine Centre for Bangalore Rural District at Hoskote, Devanahalli, Dodballapura, and Nelamangalla Taluks. From its inception till December 2015, 136 cases have been attended.

ChildLine is India’s first 24-hour, toll free, emergency phone outreach service for children in need of care and protection linking them to long-term services for their care and rehabilitation. Any child and concerned adult can call 1098 and access the ChildLine service any time of the day or night. It is aimed especially to help children who are being treated violently or sexually abused by adults. ChildLine is a totally confidential service for children and young people up to the age of nineteen. Anyone can contact a ChildLine counsellor to talk about anything - no problem is too big or too small.

Each call centre has a team of trained youth who answer the telephone lines 24 hours a day. Within 60 minutes (at most) of receiving a call, the team rushes to the child and solves the crisis. It may involve going to a police station, the Juvenile Welfare Board to or a hospital. There is a regular follow up till the child tides through the crisis, after which options for long term rehabilitation are presented to the child.

Globally no other non-profit children's helpline provides such outreach services. ChildLine goes beyond counselling over the phone by using the telephone as a medium to link children in need with services that exist for their rehabilitation.

Objectives:

  • To reach out to every child in need of care and protection by responding to emergencies on 1098.
  • Awareness about ChildLine 1098 amongst every Indian child.
  • To provide a platform of networking amongst organizations and to provide linkages to support systems that facilitates the rehabilitation of children in need of care and protection.
  • To work together with the Allied Systems (Police, Health Care, Juvenile Justice, Transport, Legal, Education, Communication, Media, Political and the Community) to create child friendly systems.
  • To advocate services for children those are inaccessible or non-existent.
  • To create a body of NGOs and Government organizations working within the national framework and policy for children.
  • To be a nodal child protection agency in the country, providing child protection services to children in need of care and protection.
  • To contribute and work towards strengthening and participating in a global movement that addresses issues related to child protection and ensures that children's voices are heard.

Appeal to Public: If you are finding any children in the above said category please call 1098 (toll free) – Help us to care for children in distress.

Further reading: http://www.childlineindia.org.in/1098/1098.htm

Operation Smile/Rakshana

In collaboration with the police, DWCD, Education department, Labour department, Sparsha is participating every year in a ‘rescue day’ to pick up the children who are begging in the streets and to rehabilitate them with their parents or place them in childcare homes.

The ‘rescue day’ needs a 6-month preparation with surveys and a complete logistical work. Since 2010, around 300 children are rescued every year.

RTE Task force

RTE Task Force is a coalition in Bangalore between Sparsha Trust and other NGOs working on the same page, which aimed to work for the Right To Education (RTE) by organizing awareness programs, attending child cases in schools, taking immediate actions against the violation of Child Rights, etc. Sparsha is an active member of the committee since 2011.

Currently, the task force is conducting training, meetings and discussions amongst the members in order to know the status, situation and implementation of RTE Act. Along with this, we are also extending our time to reach out to the requests of NOs, school managements and parents groups who require orientation on RTE.

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Human Trafficking Abolition Coalition (HTAC)

Sparsha Trust is a district convener of the campaign HTAC, in collaboration with IJM, the police and other NGOs. It was initiated in 2015 in Bangalore rural district to act against Human Rights violation, human trafficking, abuses on children and women, and to conduct awareness programs.

In 2015, a program called ‘Justice for Human’ enabled to reach every corner of the district (schools, villages and panchayaths, thaluk centres, etc.) to give awareness about human trafficking. District collector, district magistrate, all the taluks tahsildars, local leaders and schools were participating all together in this program. Around 15,000 families were reached and more than 20,000 children had been informed.

Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR)

Sparsha Trust is an active member in the Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR) to conduct awareness programs about Child Rights, organize child-related events, participate in advocacy and bring policy in place by acting as an advisory member in grassroots level.

Since January 2016, Sparsha Trust is participating in an event called ‘Nanna Nade Shale Kade’ (‘My steps towards school’) at all levels. Sparsha is an advisory member at the state level and is responsible in Bangalore North District for giving awareness about the program, and for identifying the children out of school and bringing them to school.

(KSCPCR) is a statutory body set up under the Commissions for Protection of Child Rights Act 2005, an Act of Parliament. The Commission came into being on 03-Jul-09, the sixth one in the country. The Commission has the important role of examining and reviewing safeguards meant for protection of child rights, and recommending measures for their effective implementation. It functions as a civil court and hears petitions pertaining to violation of child rights. It also has the mandate of inquiring into the complaints relating to child's right to free and compulsory education (as provisioned by The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009).

Bachpan Bachao Andolan

Sparsha Trust is an active member in the Bachpan Bachao Andolan. This organization is conducting awareness programs and consultations about Child Rights at the national level, organizing child-related events, participating in advocacy and bringing policy in place.