Workshops & Training Sessions
The Commission in collaboration with the Department of Women and Child Development (WCD), Govt of NCT of Delhi, organised 5 day training programmes in 2 phases, for the newly appointed members of Juvenile Justice Boards (JJBs) and the Child Welfare Committees (CWCs) and District Child Protection Officers (DCPOs) in February and March, 2021. The training programme was designed with the help of resource persons from HAQ-Centre for Child Rights, Counsel to Secure Justice (CSJ) and Shri. Anant Asthana, Sr. Advocate, Supreme Court of India.
The training focused on building nuanced positions of the law and covered all important constituents of Juvenile Justice Act, 2015, Model Rules, 2016 and POCSO Act, 2012 specifically meant for the Juvenile Justice Board, Child Welfare Committee and the District Child Protection Units. Through various case studies, the training familiarized the trainees with their roles, powers and obligations as per the JJ Act 2015.
Besides these discussions were held on important Supreme Court and High Court judgements. Hon’ble Justice Mr Madan Lokur in his keynote address during the inauguration of the training stressed on the importance of understanding psychology of children for every stakeholder. He reminded the trainees that the essence of Juvenile Justice lies in the rehabilitation of the children. Hon’ble Justice (retd.) R.K Gauba and Justice Rajiv Shakdhar, sitting judge of Delhi High and Chairperson, Juvenile Justice Committee, also addressed the trainees during different stages of the programme.
The socio-emotional well-being of children is a key concern area of the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR). On 25th November 2019, the DCPCR organised a workshop on Capacity-Building of Department of Education Counsellors (EVGC) of districts West-A and West-B in Strengthening the Understanding of Mental Health Needs & Forming an Effective Support System for Students in collaboration with Room to Read NGO.
Mr. Anurag Kundu, then Member, DCPCR outlined the idea behind the workshop and the significance of good emotional health of children. Prof. Aparna Khanna from Lady Irwin College along with Dr Sujatha Sharma facilitated an extremely comprehensive, engaging and participatory workshop. Through multiple activities, the role of counsellors and the required skill set were thoroughly discussed.
For the Brushing of skills of counsellors including introspection, reflection, what more and what better can be done, the second round of workshop was organized by DCPCR in collaboration with Room to Read India Trust at DIET Rajinder Nagar on 28th December 2019. It was attended by 62 counsellors from various schools of the Directorate of Education, Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi.
The workshop was organized at R.P.V.V., Hari Nagar (Classes VI-VIII) in the months of November and December 2019. The sessions included discussion on physical (puberty, menstruation, health & hygiene, etc.); emotional (attraction, ‘sense of self, self-image, decision-making etc.) and social changes (clarity of concepts of ‘sex’ and ‘gender’ & associated stereotypes) during adolescence.
Besides, awareness of the third gender, breaking of myths associated with adolescence and gender violence constituted a significant part. Through role-plays, action songs, energisers and various other participatory activities, the children developed a better understanding. Moreover, a group of 30 students would be presented with a programme in the school on 25th January 2020 to share their learnings and key messages from the two-month workshop.
Child-Friendly Delhi initiative was undertaken to generate awareness about the menace of child labour as it persists in the city, besides creating leadership amongst children to take action at individual and community level.
On 12.12.2019 DCPCR organized a State Level Programme to launch the Mukti Caravan wherein Hon’ble Minister Social Welfare Shri Rajendra Pal Gautam flag of Mukti Carvan : Campaign on Wheels at Delhi Secretariat which travelled to different parts of the city for sensitization of the community through Nukkad Nataks, cultural programme.
A dedicated vehicle under the said programme was rolled out for reaching the masses in different parts of the city. This program was attended by the Senior Officers of Labour, Revenue, Police, WCD and NGO’s. After that the Mukti Caravan campaign was launched at District Level by MLA Shri Sanjeev Jha on 13.12.2019 at Burari Govt. School till 31.12.2019. The Mukti Caravan campaign covered 10 schools, 17000 students and 5600 Members of the Community supported the campaign.