Child Protection Policy Pre Review on Safe guarding Measures Aluva, 15th to 18th December 2017

Day 1 - The inauguration of the CPP pre review and implementation meeting began on 15th December 2017 in Aluva Kerala. The function was attended by Rev. Fr. Philip Parakattil SDB, the former member of Kerala State Commission for protection of Child Rights was the resource person of the day. Rev. Fr. Joseph Xavier SJ, Consultant of NDF and Deputy Director of Jesuit Refugee Service, Rome and Sr. Ancy Mathew provincial delegate of Bangalore province at AtmaDarshan, Aluva in Kerala. Sr. Isabella Alphonse, NDF Coordinator welcomed SDCs of the seven provinces of India and all the participants from the seven provinces. There were totally 30 participants, which included 7 lay collaborators.The chief guest gave the key note address on child protection policy where he urged all the SDCs to provide clear guidelines and knowledge to the teachers, staff, students, management and the parents in all their institutions or organizations.Sr. Ancy Mathew the Provincial delegate delivered the message of Rev. Sr. Celine Jacob FMA, Provincial of Bangalore in which the Provincial emphasized on compassion, competence and commitment and insisted the participants to be the voice for the voiceless. Rev. Sr. Alma Bilung from Kolkata province read out the message of the president of the Provincial Conference of India, Sr. Rose Ezarath FMA, Kolkata. At the end of the inaugural event, three publications were released. Fr. Philip Parakattil SDB released the 13th Annual Report and the first copy was given to Sr. Ancy Mathew. The Newsletter was released by Fr. Joseph Xavier SJ and the first copy was given to Fr. Philip Parakatt SDB.FMA India Social Ministry Policy was released by Sr. Ancy Mathew and the first copy was presented to Sr. Isabella NDFC.The main agenda for the day commenced with how we can be more effective on Monitoring techniques. He urged the participants to think out of the box, think beyond project, be passionate in our work and insisted participants to collect information about the context in which children in reference to their environment.Fr Joe Xavier explained to the participants the dynamics and purpose of the meet. He put forward the following points to keep in mind.CPP Amendments on what was achieved so far and what was yet to be achieved. Highlights from implementation of CPP Shillong Province
  • Networking is initiated with the police departments of two districts and women associations.
  • CPP have been institutionalized in the province
  • 1467 (627) children benefited from the coaching centers
Guwahati Province
  • 1700 children enhanced their education.
  • CPP –helped to create support system for the children
Kolkata Province
  • Province has appointed CPO in the communities
  • 10 New NCPs have been formed
  • 750 youth have been trained on various skills and also on social issues
Chennai Province
  • Linkages created for the safe environment for children
  • CPOs appointed in each community
  • Code of Conduct for workers and children displayed.
Bangalore Province
  • 10 sisters set apart for social work
  • 1 sisters will be sent for Phd. on social work
  • Partnership has been built with 5 corporates.
  • Social Ministry policy drafted and approved but not yet implemented
  • 50 Teachers and sisters have been trained on TOT
  • 50 Tuition Teachers are trained on teaching methods
  • 861 Children are trained in 10 centers on HR and Child Related Issues.
Mumbai Province
  • NCP increased from 56 to 71
  • 50 Teachers and sisters have been trained on TOT
  • 50 Tuition Teachers are trained on teaching methods
Fr Joe concluded that SDCs and NDFC could revisit the Five-year plan and suitably modify from the lessons learnt. Once it is modified there has to be a follow up and again in the next annual meet we will review the progress. Day 2 Highlights on CPP- Sr. Gemima SDC from Shillong province presented CPP amendments and lessons learnt. Mr. Lawrence from Guwahati province did his report on CPP and highlighted how they managed to create a child friendly environment through various activities like the awareness program conducted for the children, appointment of counselors, keeping of confidential box-along with Complaint box, number of CCTV camera installed,appointment of security guards etc.Sr. Alma from Kolkata province in her report shared about counselling, non-violent communication, suggestion box and clear reporting procedures followed. Sr. Shermila from Chennai province shared on the CPP training/workshops conducted at various levels and its impact on the children, teachers and the parents. Sr. Rosy Lopez from Bangalore province highlighted on the orange day and use of existing mechanisms for the children by the province like the Child Helpline number 1098 and involvement with the Child Welfare Committee (CWC)and Challenges faced in ensuring child friendly ambience. Sr.Moksha Mary, from Mumbai province reported the role played by their CPO, the initiatives taken as a province to ensuring protection of children and the need for the creation of simple templates in safeguarding procedure etc. Sr. ArockiaSelvi from Trichy province presented briefly about the CPP mechanisms they use in the institutions, the declaration form and on parent child rapport building. Annual Report Presentation Sr. Isabella Alphonse presented Annual NDFC report 2017 highlighting milestones realised, growing change of mentality, progress towards human rights and national program achievements.NDF staff Mr. Francis Xavier gave a detailed report on monitoring and mentoring visit done in the supplementary centres of Provinces of  Guwahati,  Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai. Each province SDC presented their annual reports in a creative way through powerpoints and video clippings Day 3- Sr. Isabella the NDF Coordinator shared the information and the safe guarding procedures meeting attended by some of the provinces in Chennai to the group.  After long discussion, it was agreed to include some footnotes and model appointment letter of CPO and complaint format as annexures. It was also decided to include some relevant reference to laws and policies giving web linkages. No details will be provided. The group also felt that we could wait for one more year before formally amending the policy. New amended version will come out in January 2019.  

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