Launch of Compendium for Stakeholders Working with Children in the Juvenile Justice System

MUMBAI- On Wednesday 25 April 2018 International Justice Mission (IJM) and Prerana, with support from the Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MSCPCR) and UNICEF, released a Compendium for Stakeholders Working with Children in Need of Care and Protection in the Juvenile Justice System. Shri. Pravin Ghuge, Chairperson of the MSCPCR was the Chief Guest at the event, releasing this unique document and making it available to all stakeholders in the system.

Introducing the event, Mr. Ghuge said “This Compendium has come at an appropriate time as the new CWCs have been constituted in Maharashtra. I am hopeful that this compendium will be disseminated throughout the State, to each and every district so that the CWCs and Child Care Institutions are better equipped to handle cases of children in need of care and protection. This compendium will get us one step closer to ensuring that the rights of every child is protected and safeguarded”.

The Compendium is a resource for the Child Welfare Committees, Child Care Institutions and Civil Society organisations to provide quality care for children who are vulnerable. This compendium amalgamates best practices and the Model Juvenile Justice Rules, 2016 as well as the Maharashtra Juvenile Justice Rules, 2018. Through expertise and on-the ground testing, the best practice forms and orders were developed. The Compendium is divided into three broad segments:

  • Formats of best practice directions/orders issued by the Child Welfare Committee in cases of children in need of care and protection
  • Best practice formats for reports/forms for the Child Care Institutions working with children in need of care and protection
  • Best practice guides on significant components of casework such as ‘Orientation of a child to the Institution’, ‘How to speak to a child sensitively’, and a section on ‘Trauma Counselling for Children’, followed by case studies

“We are hoping that this compendium will be a useful resource to the various stakeholders working on the ground to protect children in need of care and protection. We appeal to all users to feel free to give us valuable feedback and contribute in helping us build this resource further.” – Priti Patkar, Founder of Prerana

“We are so pleased to have worked on this Compendium and our desire is that it is used extensively by all stakeholders working for children in need of care and protection.” – Melissa Walavalkar, Director of Justice Solutions, IJM Mumbai