Psycho-social support provided to children living in the red-light areas who are exposed to violence, and the role of counsellor in behavior modification.
Through the document, our counselor at Prerana Ms Shruti Chatterjee, shares on how to support children from red light areas who have been exposed to violence through a case study. The case study covers the journey of a child Arman*, now a 10-year-old boy, who has been a participant of Prerana’s NCC and is also supported by the services under ESP. The case also gives a glimpse on how social caseworkers have to venture into different avenues of the life of the children in order to provide psychosocial support.
We aim to enhance the knowledge of social workers and field practitioners about their role while working with vulnerable children, help them understand the complexities and dynamics in which children in red-light areas grow, substantiate the understanding that services for children need to be designed such that they promote children’s ability to survive and thrive and protect them from injury and physical and sexual maltreatment, highlight the necessity of parenting support services and assist the parents(here mothers) to be constructively involved in their children’s life with the aim to realize the latter’s full potential.
Through this document, a social worker narrates the activities she is involved in during her one day working at Prerana. She also elaborates on the case of three siblings she handled and how the pandemic and subsequent shutting of schools had made children born to women in the red-light areas more vulnerable.
Through this document, Prerana’s social worker highlights the case of a woman who grew helpless due to the lockdown, and how it risked the safety of her children. The document sheds light on the role of the child protection system in ensuring her and her children’s safety. It also provides an insight into the role of professional social workers in facilitating participatory and holistic discussions between the stakeholders.
Through this document, Prerana aims to highlight the role of a professional social worker in protecting children from the threats of inter-generational trafficking.
Prerana’s Sentinel team shares a case study of their experience of working with Zara, a victim of commercial sexual exploitation with grave mental health concerns.
Through this document, Prerana brings to you the opinions of children regarding the reopening of schools amidst the pandemic. While the digital divide that exists in India is well known, the challenges that children themselves face while coping with the digital divide has not been spoken about enough. This document is based on a discussion that Prerana’s Sanmaan team had with the children they work with to know their thoughts, experiences with online classes; their responses to the government’s decision to reopen schools; and the precautions they think the system should take for their safety.
This document highlights the challenges faced by care leavers amid the COVID-19 induced lockdown, and how Prerana has assisted them in mitigating the crisis. Beginning with providing immediate assistance for groceries and ration and moving towards assistance in accessing job opportunities and psycho-social support, to taking the issues faced by them to the national level, Prerana has been documented its efforts to help them manage the unprecedented times.
Over the past decade we have come across an increased use of the term survivors to refer to victims of trafficking. Various platforms, organisations, institutions, individuals use the term ‘Survivor’ widely differently and there has been little effort to put these usages in a comparative and analytical perspective for better understanding. We have not come across any serious analytical essay on the use of the term which implies a possibility that the use may be more a product of being fashionable than conceptually accurate. This note is an attempt to facilitate conceptual clarity on the use of these terms in the anti-trafficking domain.
When Aparna was placed in a child care institution, there were some details about her background and family that she was not comfortable in sharing with her caseworker. This case study highlights how it takes time to build a relationship of trust with a child. It becomes important to not pressure the child, accept and respect the child’s opinions, and preparedness, while giving them space and freedom to approach the caseworkers when they are ready.
The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 has also laid down some fundamental principles for the administration of the Act. This document is an attempt to bring one such principle to light, the principle of non-stigmatizing semantics, along with instances where children face stigma due to their backgrounds. In this document, we share a few of the instances observed by Prerana’s diverse project teams while working with children in need of care and protection, and vulnerable children from the red light area. Through this document, we hope to amplify the voices of the children with who we work and the discriminatory behavior that they face.
In this document, we attempt to highlight one such case where the delay in prosecution adversely affected the child’s rehabilitation. It also documents the challenges and difficulties the child faced in other aspects of her life post the traumatic incident.