Part of the initiative of the Ministry of Women’s and Children’s Development; book to provide details on the condition of children before the intervention and the impact after the intervention
The District Child Protection Unit (DCPU) will soon publish a reference book of case studies of complicated and successful interventions it has carried out under Kaval, a project aimed at mainstreaming children in conflict with the law in mainstream society. It is part of an initiative by the Department of Women and Child Development to publish district and state level reference books on Kaval’s impact.
âWe have intervened in the case of 130 children in conflict with the law since the launch of the project a year ago. We have had some very complicated and successful cases, which we have selected for the brochure. The booklet will contain no less than five case studies, but they will be finalized subject to state level approval, âsaid Mridhula Vincent, Legal and Probation Officer, DCPU.
The book will describe in detail the process, the pre-intervention state of the children and the post-intervention impact. State and district level workshops on how to compile case studies are expected to take place towards the end of the month. Although no date has been set for the publication of the reference books, they should be ready by March 2020.
Kaval is implemented in the district by DCPU with the help of two NGOs – Rajagiri Outreach and Blue Point Ernakulam – in coordination with the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience of Bengaluru (Nimhans). While Rajagiri Outreach deals with affairs within the rural limits, the latter is responsible for affairs within the city limits.
The legal and probation officer coordinates activities at the district level under the supervision of the district child welfare officer and the juvenile justice council.
Children in conflict with the law are kept in the observation house for a maximum of 14 days only. When they are not released on bail, taking into account their own safety and well-being, their stay may be up to three to six months, subject to the judgment of the magistrate. There are two of these inmates at the observation house here at the present time.
Kaval addressed the lack of a system to ensure proper follow-up of children returned with their parents on bail or after the case is resolved. It contributes to the proper rehabilitation and integration of these children into society in general.