Reference book of case studies under Kaval project to be published soon

Part of initiative of Department of Women and Child Development; book to give details of pre-intervention state of children and impact post-intervention

The District Child Protection Unit (DCPU) will shortly publish a reference book of case studies of complicated and successful interventions it made under Kaval, a project aimed at the integration of children in conflict with law into the mainstream society. It is part of an initiative of the Department of Women and Child Development to bring out district and State-wise reference books on the impact of Kaval.

“We have intervened in the case of 130 children in conflict with law since the project was introduced a year ago. We have had some very complicated and successful cases, which we have shortlisted for the booklet. The booklet will have not less than five case studies though they will be finalised subjected to State-level approval,” said Mridhula Vincent, Legal-cum-Probation Officer, DCPU.

The book will describe in detail the process, the pre-intervention state of the children and the impact post-intervention. State and district-level workshops on how to go about compiling case studies are likely to be held towards the end of the month. While no date has been fixed for the publication of reference books, they are likely to be ready by March 2020.

Two NGOs

Kaval is being implemented in the district by DCPU with the assistance of two NGOs – Rajagiri Outreach and Blue Point Ernakulam – in coordination with Bengaluru-based National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (Nimhans). While Rajagiri Outreach deals with cases in rural limits, the latter is entrusted with cases in the city limits.

The Legal-cum-Probation Officer coordinates district-level activities under the supervision of the District Child Protection Officer and the Juvenile Justice Board.

Children in conflict with law are kept at the observation home for up to 14 days only. When they are not given bail, considering their own safety and well being, their stay may extend up to three to six months, subject to the discretion of the magistrate. There are two such inmates at the observation home here at present.

Kaval has bridged the absence of a system ensuring proper follow-up of children sent back with parents either on bail or after the disposal of the case. It helps the proper rehabilitation and integration of such children into the mainstream society.

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