Work with Community Adults

What role do adults play in keeping children safe? How do community members work with government to access protection rights and services?

In this section, you will find stories and reports on our work with volunteer community child protection workers through the PACT (Parents and Children Against Trafficking and Harm) program.

Through PACT, adult volunteers in the community are trained and empowered to be alert to child protection issues such as early marriage, child labour, trafficking, violence and abuse, and to activate government systems and services to promote children’s safety.

  • Dreams for Daughters – How mothers in a community realised that they can be the bringers of powerful positive change in their daughters’ lives
  • PACT workers convinced 17-year-old Prakash’s father to stop his child marriage
  • PACT member and Shakti activator Meera stopped 15-year-old Priyanka’s child marriage
  • Parents and Children Against Trafficking and Harm – an overview of our PACT program

Work with Children

When children are empowered to identify, recognise and be alert to risks to their safety, they can better protect themselves.

In this section, you will find stories from the field, community projects, reports and the impact of our work with adolescent girls and boys in the communities and institutions we work in through the Shakti and Chauraha programs.

Through Shakti, adolescent girls are connected to peer networks and supported to recognize harm, plan for their safety and negotiate for themselves. They do this by learning about rights and entitlements, articulating their aspirations, making educational and vocational plans, and accessing key services.

Chauraha connects adolescent boys to positive peer groups, and supports them to recognize protection risks they face, to exercise agency, articulate and create life plans and reframe their image of themselves. It does this through group sessions where boys talk about their rights, develop negotiation skills, and access key services such as de-addiction, government schools or hospitals.

  • Aarti, 14, negotiated with her mother to stop her early marriage
  • Shakti activator Sarita, 23, is working to make the women and children of Chandauli educated, alert and aware
  • Hussain, 13, negotiated with his father to stop working and go to school
  • Shakti activator Varsha kept 9-year-old Nisha safe from harm
  • Shakti girls worked with the ward officer to get their community’s water pumps repaired
  • Raghav, 14, identified the risk of being trafficked and protected himself and his peers
  • Reshma, 12, found support from her Shakti group to negotiate with her parents to go to school
  • Saira, 14, raised her voice to stop her friend’s early marriage
  • Radha, 13, stood up for herself and stopped her child marriage
  • Yusuf, 12, found support from his Chauraha group to negotiate with his parents to go to school
  • Chauraha – An overview of our Chauraha program for adolescent boys
  • Shakti – An overview of our Shakti program for adolescent girls
  • Shakti Diary – The story of how 12 girls found their Shakti strength in Govandi, Mumbai
  • Bachenge toh phir milenge (See you again if I survive) – What puts a child at risk? A study of children and youth in six of Mumbai’s high-risk neighbourhoods
  • Hear Me Out – Do children feel safe? Here’s what girls and boys from Mumbai, Bhopal, Varanasi, Patna and Bhubaneswar have to say
  • Listening to Girls – How listening to what a girl has to say goes a long way in determining what’s in her best interest

Work with Government

We work to support and empower girls, boys and community adults to engage with formal systems to create a protective environment in which children are not only physically and emotionally safe, but are also able to secure justice and essential services.

In this section you will find best-practice case studies and success stories of working with various state government authorities in Bihar, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

  • PACT members in West Bengal are working with government to build safe communities for children
  • Linking vulnerable adolescent girls who are at risk of early marriage to the Kanya Vivah Yojana scheme
  • Linking vulnerable families to foster care schemes to better protect their children
  • PACT workers set up a legal aid centre in their village in Sehore, Madhya Pradesh
  • Home away from home – A user-friendly guide to managing a child-friendly institution in accordance with India’s Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act
  • A Real Opportunity for Change – A 2010 study in Maharashtra exploring what young offenders need and what they get from the Juvenile Justice System
  • Changing Spaces – A 2006 action research to understand the effectiveness of children’s institutions in Maharashtra from a child’s perspective
  • Towards Healing – The urban gardening project for children who have suffered great hardship and trauma and are in need of rehabilitation
  • Training tools – A summary of Aangan’s trainings for organizations, groups, individuals, and officials working with children rescued from harm


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