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SOS Children’s Village Bangalore conducted a state-level virtual consultation on the status of young people in follow-up and care leavers

Posted on February 8, 2022

  • The virtual consultation was organized in collaboration with ICPS Department, Karnataka and St. Joseph’s College Social Work Department
  • The objective of the virtual consultation was to review the status of recommendations and gaps in follow-up interventions, and the way forward for 2022
  • IAS Pallavi Akurathi, Director, ICPS, Government. from Karnataka was invited as guest of honour; she suggested collaboration between the government. of Karnataka and local NGOs

Karnataka – SOS Children’s Villages Bangalore conducted a state-level virtual consultation on the status of young people and care leavers in collaboration with ICPS Department, Govt. of Karnataka and the Department of Social Work at St. Joseph’s College.

Dignitaries and attendees of the virtual rally included IAS Pallavi Akurathi, Director, ICPS, Govt. from Karnataka; Mr. Sumanta Kar, Secretary General, SOS Children’s Villages India; Father Varghese Pallipuram, Executive Director BOSCO; Dr Janardhana N, Department of Psychiatric Social Work, NIMHANS. Many eminent professionals working in the field of child and youth protection, DCPOs from different districts, CWC Chairpersons, from different districts of Karnataka also attended the session.

The objective of the virtual consultation was to review the status of recommendations and gaps in aftercare field-specific interventions, and the way forward for 2022; emphasis was placed on the subject in the current pandemic situation.

Speaking about Karnataka government initiatives, the key guest of the consultation program, IAS Pallavi Akurathi, Director, ICPS, Govt. of Karnataka said, “Government of Karnataka has launched various initiatives such as government hostels for men coming out of care and ‘Upkar’ scheme launched in 2021, providing financial support to young people. We can work on a collaboration between the Government of Karnataka and various NGOs in Karnataka to support female caregivers and improve volunteer support to the national monitoring system. There are 3 main end goals of the follow-up model: economic independence, follow-up until marriage or proper settlement, and extension of individual care plan until economic independence. »

Mr. Sumanta Kar, Secretary General, SOS Children’s Villages India said“We at SOS Children’s Villages India have been actively working for the cause of parentless or abandoned children with a focus on empowerment, an important part of which is the settlement of young people. ensure self-reliant and contributing members of society by providing long-term care and support to the child Care leavers are equipped with a minimum basic education, at least one employability skill, good communication skills, practical computer knowledge and appropriate social skills.In this highly competitive world, young people need to acquire relevant skills in order to be ready for the 21st century and to mitigate the challenges that the pandemic has brought on the Retraining is just as important as qualification, especially since the labor market has undergone changes.

Reservations in government jobs, allowances for unemployed young people during the pandemic, interest-free bank loans and entrepreneurship opportunities for young people after care and leavers are paramount.

Dr Janardhana N, Psychiatric Social Work Department, NIMHANS, presented its study “Support for young people leaving CCI” in collaboration with Udayan care, UNICEF, TATA Trust and NIMHANS. Through his study, he has highlighted the current tracking scenario in Karnataka and the need for tracking facilities. He proposed a tracking sphere with eight domains: Interpersonal Skills and Social Relations, Financial Independence and Career, Physical Health, Affordable and Adequate Housing, Educational and Vocational Skills, Mental and Emotional Well-being, Identity and Legal Awareness, and Life Skills. autonomous. The effective implementation of follow-up within the framework of various policies, laws and programs, planning and training prior to follow-up, GIS and data maintenance on the young people followed, the collectivization of care leavers and leavers’ associations of care, and the need for further research on care leavers in the state, were the few recommendations set out by Dr. Janardhana N in the study.

Fr. Varghese Pallipuram, Executive Director of BOSCO, emphasized the importance of planning and said, “The main objectives of the follow-up program are: first, to create a care plan for children over 18, who lack family support; on the other hand, the accompaniment of children with academic or technical delay until employment and finally a good social reintegration. These processes should be included in each child’s follow-up plan.

Niveditha, a settled youth from SOS Children’s Villages India, shared how the NGO helped her towards a self-sufficient future by stating: “I am grateful to SOS Children’s Villages India, my SOS mother and my siblings for helping me to become who I am today . I was cared for by SOS Children’s Villages in India when I was a 7 month old baby. The SOS Children’s Villages community in India has given me countless opportunities, including the best schooling, summer camps, karate lessons, graduating from a prestigious university and even investment.

The general discussion concluded with the identification of a group of professionals willing to refine, draft recommendations and submit them to the government of Karnataka.

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