JSGP as part of its capstone project curriculum for second year students of the MA in Public Policy programme is currently involved in developing a “Framework for Preparation of a Blue-Print for Advocacy
through Mapping of Practices among Existing Child Care Models for Street Children in India” with the technical support of Save the Children, UK and administered by the Department for International Development (DFID), UK. With the socio economic fabric in India getting progressively dynamic and complex and the number of children landing on the streets increasing at an alarmingly rapid rate, there is an urgent need to examine the various existing approaches, their strengths and challenges in terms of their depth of centrality of the child, their practices, scope, and effectiveness. The overarching objective is to map the relevant and effective interventions which promote the access to universal rights such as survival, development, participation, and inclusion to improve outcomes for street children and young people. The variants of the initiative undertaken by JSGP will range various factors including: Developing of Initiators Framework: The Government of India’s recognition of the aspect of street child from three to four decades back and laws governing them, such as the Implementation of Juvenile Justice Act to set up homes for vulnerable children in each district. This shall qualitatively and quantitatively analyze several players who significantly play a role in innovative and humane ways to address the needs in both an institutional as well as a variety of non-institutional manner. Rational Analysis of Approach: As a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), India is committed to a rights based approach. This takes into account the fundamental rights of the child and is the basis for many current models. However, in many instances the shift from pro-welfare to rights-based has not taken place completely. Such initiatives are run “as charity”. Assessment of Street Child-Care Models: A growing child has a range of needs with a recognition of the indivisibility of rights (rights are interconnected and for the child to access one right, other rights also have to be accessible; e.g. the right to education cannot be availed if the right to nutrition and health is not attended to) and the need to organize comprehensive care. Projection of Resource Requirements: The human and financial capital’s significant influence would be analyzed on the basis of factors that contribute to the sustainability factor.