Pre-Trial Legal Investigative Processes involving Child Victims of Sexual Offences – How can they be less violative and more child-friendly?
As per the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences ACT (POCSOA) Rules2020, the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) can appoint a Support Person to render assistance to the child through the process of investigation & trial. Over the last few years, as per appointment given by the CWCs, Prerana has played the role of a Support Person in cases of sexual violence against children.
SDG Goal 2- Understanding Prerana’s interventions in ensuring access to nutritional food and ration relief
Ms. Mugdha Dandekar had joined Prerana as a Project Coordinator in 2006, and has been a part of our team for over 15 years. She is currently the Program Head of Night Care Center and monitors our three NCCs at Kamathipura, Falkland Road and Vashi Turbe. She also coordinates with donors, is involved in documentation along with monitoring and evaluation.
Ms. Prachi Naik joined Prerana in 2006 and has been a part of our team for almost 15 years now. She is the Project Manager of our Institutional Placement Program and closely works with children in need of care and protection. She coordinates with various stakeholders for admission of children in need of care and protection in Children’s Homes, prepares social investigation reports, individual care plans and conducts follow-ups to ensure their holistic development.
In this blog, Prerana’s social worker and counsellor share their experience of working with children who are exploring their gender identities. Children from the LGBTQ community who are a part of the Juvenile Justice system might face oppression within a system that is expected to support and protect them. Hence, it is crucial for stakeholders to be aware of systemic challenges while being sensitive to the needs of the children.
I have been a part of Prerana team since 2016, as a Project Manager in Sanmaan. I primarily work with the children found begging in the streets enabling them to enjoy their right to wellbeing and dignity and break the intergenerational cycle of backwardness and begging in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.
Ms. Kashina Kareem has been associated with Prerana for more than 5 and a half years. She is currently working under the anti trafficking center, heading the post rescue operations project. Among other things at Prerana, she works with a team that provides on field support to both state and non state stakeholders working with victims of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking.