Current Programs

CHILDREN REACHED IN 2017-2017: 1300
FUNDING PARTNER: Grant received from Ministry of Women and Child Development, Govt. of India through Indian Council for Child Welfare, New Delhi.
The Council is a pioneer in providing Early Childhood Care in India. In 1954, a Balwadi Programme was started in order to provide health care, nutrition and pre-school education for children of 3-5 years, belonging to the weaker economic strata of the country.
In the initial stage, the Council ran 14 Balwadis. In 1976, the Government of India introduced a special scheme called Creche, focusing on the needs of pre-school children of working and ailing mothers. The Council, then, converted its Balwadis into Crèches and expanded the programme to 110 Crèches in the various Districts of Tamil Nadu. With the commencement of ICDS and expansion of ICDS in Tamil Nadu, the need for Creches has gradually declined, restricting the number of Creches run by the Council to 52. ICCW, Tamil Nadu runs a total of 52 Crèches in 6 Districts at present, providing holistic care for an average of 1300 children daily. 
FUNDING PARTNER : Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India (GOI) through Social Welfare and Nutritious Meal Programme Department, Govt. of Tamil Nadu
BACKGROUND : Indian Council for Child Welfare, Tamil Nadu initiated its fight against the practice of Female Infanticide from the year 1988 with a small grant from National Children’s Fund, initially working in the 309 hamlets of the Usilampatti Taluk. The first project’s phase ensured that no female infanticide occured in the Block since 2001. The present project aims at long term sustainability to ensure that social changes are achieved; fighting against cultural, religious, and social beliefs that hinder the full enjoyment of rights of girls and women.         
FUNDING : Self sustained
BACKGROUND: The Indian Council for Child Welfare is one of the National bodies recognized by the Supreme Court of India along with their affiliated organizations to assist the Courts to come to the conclusion with reference to the merits of individual child adoption cases filed in the courts in India.
· ICCWTN has been appointed by the High Court of Madras as Adoption Scrutinizing Agency since the year 1985
· We regularly receive Court Orders to scrutinize and file reports on matters pertaining to In Country or Inter Country
Adoptions filed in the High Court and District Courts of Tamil Nadu. We conduct thorough appraisals and submit our reports to the concerned Courts with reference to the following facts.
1 Whether the child is legally free for adoption
2 Whether the petitioners are competent persons to adopt a child
3 Whether all ethics, norms, and guidelines as stipulated down by the Supreme Court o India, the Central and the State Governments have been followed in a particular case         
Specific objective of the project :
To ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for 5046 children (6-18 years) from 24 villages in 3 Blocks of Krishnagiri District (Thally - 7 villages, Shoolagiri - 7 villages & Vepanappally - 10 villages) and increase the community’s resilience in fighting for their children’s rights. The Education and Child Rights Programme is a timely intervention in the border district of Krishnadgiri in Tamil Nadu for identifying the existing gaps in the implementation of RTE Act and addressing the same through a process of developmental initiatives from year 2011 onwards. After working on a broad platform, the project presently has moved on to a more challenging task of empowering communities and building a space for child participation. The main objective for the year 2016-2018
1. Identify and nurture mechanism in the community to act as custodian of Child Rights.
2. To organise 15 children sangams in order to provide space for participation of children.
3. .Reading Skill Enhancement in 24 target schools to improve learning potential through regular focussed exercise
FUNDING PARTERS: CIAI – Italy,Tamil Sangam of Centre Indiana Espoir En Parriange – Belgium Debby and Lidwein, Holland, Individuals in India & Abroad
BACKGROUND: The Convention on the Rights of Child (CRC) lays emphasis on the need to provide alternate forms of child care to marginalized and vulnerable children in order to prevent institutionalization of children. Sponsorship is an important alternative to Institutionalising and enables children to live with their families. This Programme aims to provide children from economically weaker sections with financial assistance and counselling services, in order to help them pursue formal education and vocational training. The Programme helps them to live with their own families and continue their education. Special preferences are given to physically challenged children and girl children         
1981: Home for Destitute Children, Chennai
1985: Home for Destitute Children, Kilambakkam – Thiruvallur District
1972: Children’s Home, Thanjavur
FUNDING PARTNERS: Department of Social Welfare, Government of Tamil Nadu, through a grant-in aid under Cottage Scheme.
BACKGROUND: The Council provides residential care facility for boys who are either non-adoptable orphans or from dysfunctional families due to their circumstances. Three such Homes have been established, one at Chennai and the other two in Thiruvallur and Thanjavur Districts.
OBJECTIVES: · To provide a family like atmosphere and appropriate care to the Destitute Children.
· To integrate Normal and Challenged Children and instill in them values of caring and sharing.
· To provide opportunities for the overall development and building self-confidence in children.
· A Residential Centre for Destitute Children.
· Provide opportunity for Education
· Provide children with opportunities for their holistic development through extracurricular activities such as art competitions, drama, etc.         
BACKGROUND : The Community College is an alternative system of education, which is aimed at the empowerment of the disadvantaged and the under privileged youth through appropriate skills development leading to gainful employment in collaboration with local industry and community. The Community College courses are playing a major role in fulfilling the economical needs of adolescent male and female children from marginalised families.
In addition to imparting technical skill, the Community College focuses on the following aspects.
· Life coping skills.
· Inter personal relationship and communication skills.
· Spoken English.
· Basic Computer Education.
Due to this, the students receive a comprehensive training and come out of the Community College with clear cut values and goals for their lives, more confident to face the challenges of the outer world. At present, the Council is running two Community Colleges at
1. Vasantham Community College, Usilampatti
2. Suder Community College, Srivilliputur.
FUNDING PARTNER : Grant received from Ministry of Women and Child
Development, Govt. of India through Indian Council for Child Welfare, New Delhi
Introduction :
Child Labour in Beedi Industry has been declared hazardous and has been prohibited by the Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Act 1986. However, the practice of employing children for rolling beedis continued. In order to prevent this heinous practice and ensure the rights of children, the Council launched a special Project in Vellore in the year 1985.Until 2005 we continued to work in 16 villages for eradicating child labour in the Beedi sector. We have released 108 pledged children and have mainstreamed 2457 working children in this area. Due to our intense campaigning, the availability of support services and strengthening of Government, monitoring the system has been abolished in the 16 villages. The Project has evolved as a support programme for promoting quality education and active community participation.
Economic empowerment of women through formation of Self Help Groups (SHGs); Educational Support through the Village Education Development Committees formed by the Council; direct sponsorship assistance to children for school and higher education are some of the strategies employed in the recent time. With the efforts of the Members and volunteers at Vellore and with the support of District Council Fund and a contribution from State Council and well wishers and donors the damaged old building of the office at Vellore was completely demolished and a new building with latest amenities was constructed.
YEAR OF COMMENCEMENT: Chennai– 1999, Cuddalore – 2005
NO. OF CHILDREN REACHED: Chennai- 359, Cuddalore- 494
FUNDING PARTNER: Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India through Childline India Foundation
BACKGROUND: CHILDLINE is India’s first 24-hour; toll free, phone outreach service for children in need of care and protection. Childline India Foundation (CIF) set up by Government of India is responsible to initiate Childline., It currently functions in 366 cities across 34 states / UTs in India, reaching out to the most marginalized children with the aim of providing them relief and rehabilitation in the space of shelter, medical aid, repatriation, rescue, emotional support and guidance. CHILDLINE collaborates with Police Departments, Government Departments and other functionaries operating under Juvenile Justice Act 2015.
Chennai CHILDLINE was started on 30th April 1999 as a Government and NGO Network. The Council is one among the five Collaborative Organizations maintaining round the clock call receiving centre in the city. We respond to calls on 1098, provide emergency intervention, link children with services and document every call.
CHILDLINE India Foundation (CIF) initiated this service after Tsunami in the year 2005, and is managed by the District Council of Cuddalore.         
FUNDING PARTNER: Department of Social Defence, Government of Tamil Nadu
BACKGROUND : Child Abuse is a serious violation of Child Rights, be it physical, emotional or sexual. In many instances, the child is abused by family members, employers and teachers. Although harmful to the development of children, physical punishments is considered necessary by parents and teachers, society does not acknowledge the presence of sexual abuse. Since its commencement in 1994 with a small assistance from Government of Tamil Nadu, the Crisis Intervention Centre was the cornerstone to all our efforts to protect the Rights of Children. The main objective of the Center is to rescue children from abusive circumstances and place them in a positive environment to ensure rehabilitation. Simultaneously, the Centre aims to create awareness among the stakeholders and thereby prevent abuse of children.         
FUNDING PARTNER : Department of Social Defence, Government of TamilNadu
BACKGROUND: Having found a large number of children forced into begging in the City of Chennai, the Council initiated serious efforts in 1994 to rescue these begging children. This is a Programme filled with challenges. As per Guidelines, the rescued begging children have to be produced before the Child Welfare Committee. Many a time, a child who is rescued after great struggle from the street, is given back to the parents by the CWC. The efforts at rescue are nullified by this act. Secondly, the public seem to have an approving attitude towards child begging and resent these children being cornered and rescued by the staff members of the Council The issue is large and calls for an in-depth understanding of the causative factor and a multi-sectoral approach
· To rescue begging children the streets
· To provide counseling to children and their families as a preventive measure.
· To provide counseling for alternate livelihood for families.
· To rescue children from adults who willfully exploit them for begging and if necessary take legal actions against them.
· To dissuade families from employing children for selling articles in the traffic circle.
· To carryout programmes to sensitize and solicit the cooperation of general public.
1. No. of signal visits : 78
2. Begging Women/Men with Children Identified : 15
3. Begging (Counseled) : 23
4. Total No. of Children rescued : 23
In 2016-2017 the Council agreed to the merger of another NGO called SANKALP. SANKALP was started in the year 1991 by a group of dedicated Professional Social Workers. However after the demise of the Management Trustee the organisation faced lot of problems as the other trustees were involved in other work and could not find the time to promote SANKALP. Their request for transfer of all their funds and properties to ICCW was raised in the month of November 2016. Their request was approved by the Executive Committee and transfer was completed by December 2016. The Council retained the title as “Project SANKALP - Education for Girl Children”. The main objective of Project SANKALP is to promote the Education and Empowerment of girl children.         
FUNDING: Multi sources depending upon the tasks undertaken
The Center was started in 1993, to fulfill a need for centralised information on children s issues. The main objective of
IDRC is compilation, documentation and dissemination of information on women and children in India particularly in
Tamil Nadu and to present it to all concerned with child development.
The Center has a library with a rich collection of books, documents, reports, Government Orders, articles and paper
cutting on all matters relating to child welfare. This Centre also serves as a training ground for PG students in Child
Development, Social Work and Sociology
· The compile, document and disseminate information on all areas of child welfare and development in
India, particularly Tamil Nadu.
· Ensure availability of this information to all concerned with child development and protection.
· Initiate and sustain advocacy programme for promoting Child Rights Awareness
During the year 2016-17 - Major programmes were undertaken by the Council with Support from UNICEF
1. Understanding the Spirit of Juvenile Justice Act 2015.
Aone day Consultation on Understanding the Spirit of Juvenile Justice Act 2015 was organised on Saturday 16th April 2016.
The Consultation was inaugurated by Hon’ble Justice Thiru S. Manikumar, Hon’ble Judge, High Court and Chairperson JJ Committee. Mr Job Zachariah, Chirf of Field Office, UNICEF, Tamil Nadu and Kerala delivered the Special Address.
Thiru G.M. Akbar Ali, Retired Judge and Member JJ Committee, High Court of Madras chaired the Panel Discussion on the recent changes and issues
concerning children in the JJ Act 2015. Presentations on the two arms of the JJ Systems were presented on a Government and NGO perspective.
The Consultation included the participation of the Legal fraternity including Judges, Lawyers and Members of well known NGOs and CHild Right Activists. The Amended Juvenile Justice Act 2015 has introduced many new clauses which needs deeper reflection. This COnsultation created an opportunity for a better understanding of the provisions of the Act.
The Consultation was attended by 35 Members consisting of NGOs and Practitioners.
The recommendations was presented to the State Government and the Juvenile Justice Committee of the High Court
of Madras.

FUNDING PARTNER               : Oak Foundation through International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN)

An important collaboration with ISPCAN has resulted in the setting up of Asian Online Resource Centre by the Council. ISPCAN is a multi-disciplinary international organization that brings together a worldwide cross- section of committed professionals to work towards the prevention of child abuse and child  maltreatment in every nation, whether it is in the form of physical, sexual or emotional abuse. This International body is currently is in the process of creating an online resource facility about Child Abuse and Neglect for the different regions of the world as mentioned below.
1.   Latin America Resource Center
2.   Africa Resource Center
3.   Arab States Resource Center
4.   Asia Resource Center

The task of building an online resource site on child abuse and neglect for the Asian Region has been assigned to the Council. This Project is for a period of three years and commenced in the later part of  2014. 

The Resource Centre aspires to provide Country wise comprehensive information on matters relating to child abuse and other connected issues. Laws, Government Policies, Medico Legal Issues, Child helpline Numbers, systems in place to deal with child protection issues & etc. pertaining to 27 countries in four Regions of Asia are covered.

This valuable web site aims to provide general as well as Country specific guidelines and other resource materials for the benefit of stakeholders such as Medical/ Legal / Social Work Professionals - Law Enforcement Authorities and Judiciary of respective Countries who deal with cases of child abuse & Neglect. Materials are also available to educate teachers, parents and children themselves on preventive aspects. 

Web Link Directory
Web links of government departments has been successfully searched and uploaded in an appropriate format as a “Web Link Directory” for each country. The Web directory gives the details of web links about Government department in South Asia & East Asia.

Resource Materials Are Available On The Following Subjects:
Child Abuse/Online Abuse/ Domestic Violence
National Policies And Laws For Children
Child Protection/ Child Neglect
Child Labour/ Child Trafficking – For Labour/ For Sexual Exploitation
Child Marriage
Harmful Cultural Practices
Children And Media
Juvenile Justice System
Children With Special Needs 
Training Manuals/  Life Skills Eduaction
Child Helpline And Other Resources

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