On 24th August 2017, a workshop on counselling and prevention of child abuse took place in Ambala Cantt (Haryana, India). The workshop, based on the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act of 2012, aimed to raise awareness amongst teachers and counsellors about this issue. Mr Kuldeep Singh, a member of the Asia-Pacific Council for Juvenile Justice (APCJJ), and a former member of the Juvenile Justice Board of India, participated in the workshop by giving a keynote speech.
Mr. Singh’s speech dealt with the repercussions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015 in India, specifically ‘The Role of the Police and the functioning of Juvenile Justice Boards’.
The event was organised by Project CACA, an initiative launched by the not-for-profit Trust (NGO) SAI (Social Anxiom Insignia), which is an organisation that deals with social issues concerning women and children. Project CACA is an institutionally driven project that protects children’s rights. It protects children from abuse in general, but deals particularly with sexual abuse. Its activities aim to build a safety net for children and to initiate behaviour changes among stakeholders in schools and society.
Project CACA’s activities primarily consist of setting up age appropriate, skill building safety workbooks for students (Kindergarten to Class 12), parent-teacher resource books, teaching aids, audio/video content. The initiative also organises various workshops to raise awareness amongst teachers, parents and non-teaching staff on child sexual abuse and provides legal aid, counselling and web support for survivors.