Systems Change

System Change

CSJ is actively engaged in Systems Change work aimed at fortifying child justice systems to make them more responsive and compassionate towards children in need of care and protection as well as children in conflict with the law. This strategic aim revolves around the empowerment of child protection systems by fostering their capacity, forging collaborations and partnerships, and championing the creation of nurturing, restorative spaces for children.

CSJ is currently operational across three distinct geographical regions, namely Delhi, Rajasthan, and Chhattisgarh, where key accomplishments have made systems more responsive to children’s needs.

Delhi

Counselling services for children in conflict with law CSJ has also worked with children in conflict with law since 2017 and provided counselling to more than 221 children. CSJ receives case referrals from Juvenile Justice Boards. Circle process for children (CiCL and CNCP) in childcare institutions Since 2018, CSJ conducted circle processes for children in conflict with law and, since, 2020, with children in need of care and protection. Restorative circle processes are aimed at building social emotional learning of the children and help them reflect on their actions in a safe and non-judgmental space. In all, CSJ has held more than 250+ circle processes in Delhi and Rajasthan. 9 workshops on different topics in CCI and in JJB. Counselling cases in JJB’s since 2018- 200+ 5 Restorative Justice Process in Delhi.

Rajasthan

Restorative circle process in CCI since 2019-200+

23 transition reintegration circle process since 2022.

2 Restorative conversation in Delhi and Rajasthan this year.

Restorative processes for CiCL

In addition, CSJ has also been providing restorative processes for children and their families or children and the person harmed to help process the incident, make amends and plan for a future where they receive both support and accountability. CSJ has offered 5 completed restorative processes in Delhi, including two restorative justice processes involving both the child and the person harmed.

Rajasthan

  • In Rajasthan, we work closely with law enforcement officials, Juvenile Justice Boards, Child Welfare Committees, and other key stakeholders to advance child protection.
  • Our focus is on establishing innovative approaches to facilitate healing and rehabilitation, reducing institutionalization, and ensuring that children in conflict with the law receive appropriate care.
  • Key Interventions:
    • Diversionary Restorative Processes: We implement restorative processes to reduce institutionalization and promote rehabilitation.
    • Case Management: We manage cases to support the rehabilitation and reintegration of children.
    • Transition Support: We offer support to children leaving institutions to ease their reintegration into society.
  • Alignment with Child Rights: Our efforts align with child rights principles to mitigate the adverse impact of institutionalization.
  • Training and Capacity Building: CSJ invests in empowering childcare institution staff and collaborates with legal aid lawyers to champion the rehabilitation and reintegration of children affected by sexual violence or those in conflict with the law.
  • Collaboration with Child Welfare Committees: We work closely with Child Welfare Committees to enhance their responsiveness in handling cases concerning children in crisis.
  • Supporting Juvenile Justice Boards: Our collaboration with Juvenile Justice Boards involves guidance, training, and support to ensure compassionate treatment of children within the legal system.
  • Research and Direct Engagement: Our transformative work is grounded in extensive research and informed by direct engagement with children through casework experiences.

CSJ is dedicated to making a positive impact on the child justice systems, creating a safer and more compassionate environment for children in need of care and protection, as well as those in conflict with the law, in Rajasthan and beyond.

Chhattisgarh

The collaboration between UNICEF Chhattisgarh and CSJ aims to create a comprehensive and coordinated child protection response within Chhattisgarh.

  • CSJ is partnering with UNICEF, the Police Headquarters, and Department of Women and Child Development to strengthen the child protection system in Chhattisgarh.
  • The project started by supporting child protection workers deal with the challenges of the pandemic and lockdowns. This initiative expanded to encompass a statewide capacity-building campaign, emphasizing the sensitization of ground-level functionaries to children’s rights and relevant legislation, with a strong emphasis on integrating psychosocial elements into child protection systems.
  • Key Interventions:
    • Capacity Building: involves trainings for various stakeholders involved in the juvenile justice system, including Legal Aid Lawyers, members of Juvenile Justice Boards, Child Welfare Committees, and the Police.
    • Training and haldholing support with the stakeholders in 16 identified Police Stations to strengthen Child-Friendly Police Stations in four districts.
    • The project also includes an assessment of training needs within the Mission Vatsalya (formerly called the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS)) system, aimed at understanding and addressing the barriers to establishing a child-friendly and protective environment for children.

In addition to broader capacity-building efforts, the project also focuses on diverting children involved in petty offenses from the formal justice system in one district of the state. The Diversion program involves assessing the needs of the children, connecting them with appropriate resources, and eventually guiding them through a restorative group process with the goal of restoring relationships within families and communities and reducing recidivism.