The immense uncertainty of COVID-19, the increased risk of children stuck inside abusive/violent homes and the lack of access to safe spaces, thanks to multiple lockdowns, pushed CSJ to find new ways of ways of responding to children’s issues with the singleminded focus of ensuring that no child is left behind.
CSJ has continued to extend direct legal aid and psychosocial support to 250+child survivors of sexual abuse through
1. consistent direct contact with & support to children & their families/caregivers,
2. continued legal representation in courts,
3. applying for interim compensation to ensure financial support for families, since COVID-19 meant job loss & savings exhaustion for many,
4. virtual restorative talking circles for children living within institutions, and
5. direct financial aid to families struggling to make ends meet during the second wave.
Additionally, CSJ has also
- extended direct support to women & children in cases of domestic violence in collaboration with Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiative (APPI) and Childline India Foundation.
- offered direct counselling for children in Child Care Institutions (CCIs) through a collaboration with Miracle Foundation.
- been offering telephonic counselling to children who have lost one or both parents to COVID via a State COVID Helpline launched by the state govt & through a partnership with UNICEF Chhattisgarh.
- been providing counselling and weekly restorative circle processes to children within institutions in partnership with various Juvenile Justice Boards (JJBs), Child Welfare Committees (CWCs) & Child Care Institutions (CCIs)
Our Collaborators in responding to COVID