Balya Amulya: The Critical Role of the Child Advisory Board

In this episode, Vasudev Sharma talks about the roles and responsibilities of the Child Advisory Board (CAB). “Children today face the risk of many social crimes, like child marriage, and they can become targets of physical as well as mental exploitation. These forms of injustice existed in previous years as well, but now, there is more awareness about them and people are actively speaking against them.”

The Childline (1098) policy was introduced in India about 22 years ago. “The number ‘1098’ can be called by anyone who is seeking help. This emergency helpline concept was first started in Mumbai at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) by a student. It became so popular that the government adopted it and today, even the smallest village in India has access to the 1098 helpline number.”

In Bengaluru, three main organisations are involved in child rights services – APSA, BOSCO, and SAATHI. “The main work of these organisations includes protecting children who need to be protected, providing them with counseling if necessary, taking care of their health conditions, and more. Protecting children is not easy and needs the cooperation of many people – the police, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), citizens, and, most importantly, telephones.”

The Child Advisory Board is essential to making the Childline services adequate and to see to it that all provisions that have been agreed upon are available to children correctly. “The DCBU is the task viewer of the organisation, but educational organisations, medical trusts, the railways, and the police have equal parts rights of running the CAB.” Once every three months, the CAB conducts various activities in different districts. “The activities that they do analyse how many kids have been rescued in the period, how many kids have been brought in front of the ‘Kalyana Samithi’, how many kids have been brought back to their homes, how many have been given medical aid, and more. “While analysing all these factors, they come across various problems as well; these problems may come from different sources but they have to be solved together.”

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