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Basic Course on Child Rights with a Focus on Child Protection

Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About this Course

The course will enable participants to gain a broad overview of child development, childhood and adolescence; children’s human rights, impact of violence against children and Trauma Informed Care; key child protection legislation, authorities and Grievance Redress Mechanisms for Child Protection; Documentation, Case Management, Reporting; orientation to Child Safeguarding and working with children from a child-centred, Child Rights Based Approach. Specifically regarding Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) – the course will provide an overview of the dynamics of CSA, laws relating to CSA and Responding to CSA. Restorative Circle elements will be used to co-create a co-owned meaningful learning space. Basic preparatory reading of two documents at the beginning of the course, and completion of a short written assignment at the end is compulsory for all those attending the entire course.


There will be an Orientation for 3 hours and 12 modules of 2 hours each.

Details of the Course Modules and Schedule can be viewed here -  Course Outline

Course Objectives

To enable a basic understanding of:

  • childhood and adolescence, vulnerability of children, rights, human rights, and human rights of children as a distinct class of persons. 
  • the difference between “needs” and “rights,” and an overview of rights of children under the Constitution; domestic laws and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1989.
  • violence against children, risk factors and protective factors.
  • key features of the Child Rights Based Approach (CRBA), application of the core principles of the UNCRC and the general principles of the JJ Act, 2015
  • Child sexual abuse and applicable laws  
  • Child Safeguarding and Child Rights Programming  

Medium of Instruction 

Primarily English along with Hindi  

Who will benefit from this course?  

Persons working in any capacity in any organization that works directly or indirectly with children (those providing child protection services and those working in administrative or other roles), who are desirous of gaining a basic understanding of children, their rights, key legislations relating to child protection and the child-rights based approach.  

Course Prerequisites

  • Candidates need to be able to understand English (though trainers may offer some basic Hindi translation) 
  • Candidates attending the entire course will need to be able to spend at least 3 hours engaging with preparatory reading material for the orientation session, for the other weeks candidates will be required to engage in approximately one hour of preparatory reading each week. Candidates will also spend 3-4 hours on a written assignment, and proactively participate in all the online training modules.

Approaches to teaching and learning  

The course is designed based on adult learning theories and will enable interactive and self-directed learning. Learning will be facilitated through discussion on case studies, videos, self-reflection exercises, and brief inputs. Participants will be required to do some basic reading, and also contribute by sharing Case Studies, examples of good practice, etc. Transformative learning using Restorative Circle elements will be encouraged for participants attending the entire course. These participants will also learn by doing a mini project assignment, which will be a part requirement for certification.  

About Enfold Proactive Health Trust  

Enfold Proactive Health Trust is a non-profit in Bengaluru founded in 2001. It’s Vision is - ‘All children living in safe environments with dignity, enjoying their rights’. Enfold aims to address gender based violence and sexual abuse, through education, awareness, rehabilitative support for survivors of child sexual abuse, and restorative process with children in schools and the juvenile justice system. The organization works towards creating safe spaces, where each gender is equally valued and respected, every child is safe and people of all genders feel empowered and accountable. This is achieved through strong field-based engagement, and direct work with children and adults in colleges, schools, child care institutions, and the community. Enfold builds the capacity of functionaries of the criminal justice system and child protection system, medical practitioners, social workers, counsellors, and media personnel. Enfold works with State Governments across the country* conducting research studies, providing training and technical support to authorities and functionaries under the child protection system, and offering recommendations for effective implementation of child laws, and supporting the formulation of Child Safeguarding Policies and their effective implementation.Enfold has worked with governments of several states like Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, etc  

Course Staff

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Arlene Manoharan

Arlene holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from TISS, (1990), (specialization in Family and Child Welfare). She is a Child Protection Specialist with over three decades of experience, having worked with children in street situations through various CSOs, and children in the child protection system. She served as a Fellow (and Centre Coordinator) at the Centre for Child and the Law, National Law School of India University, Bangalore while leading the Juvenile Justice Program. She is a national level trainer on child protection and was appointed as a member of several State/National level statutory and other committees. She has also published extensively. She is an independent consultant working part time as the Co-Head of the Restorative Practices team at Enfold Proactive Health Trust and also as a Safeguarding Training Facilitator for the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd with the Good Shepherd International Foundation. Her current interest includes Restorative Justice.

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Swagata Raha

Swagata is a legal researcher with over 16 years of experience. She earned Mst in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University and B.A.LLB (Hons.) from W.B. National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. She was the recipient of the Kellogg Alistair Berkeley Commonwealth Scholarship and the Morris Prize for the highest overall score in her class. She is a national expert on Child Rights who has researched and published extensively on laws related to sexual offences against children, juvenile justice, and human rights institutions and conducts training at Law Universities, Judicial Academies and elsewhere in academia as well as practitioners working with children

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Dr. Preeti Jacob

Preeti is an Associate Professor, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore. She is a full time clinician and sees children, adolescents and their families who present with mental health issues. She is a teacher for post-graduate students in Psychiatry and those pursuing their super-specialization in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. She is also a PhD guide, and a reviewer for a number of national & international journals in the field of child mental health. She has also authored Chapters in Books/ Training Manuals and Articles in newspapers/magazines. She has completed M.B.B.S (2004); M.D. (Psychiatry) (2009); Post-Doctoral Fellowship (PDF) in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (2011); and D.M (Child & Adolescent Psychiatry) (2014).

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Kushi Kushalappa

Kushi has been working at Enfold Trust since 2010. Her main area of work at Enfold is supporting children who have faced sexual violence and their families through processes of investigation, trial and rehabilitation. Kushi and others at the Enfold Rehab Team provide psycho-social and medico-legal assistance to the children and families who report cases under POCSO Act. She is also involved in training of stakeholders involved in the implementation of POCSO Act like the police, medical officers, CWC members and Support Persons. She has been part of teams that have developed Standard Operating Procedures for stakeholders involved in the implementation of POCSO Act.

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Shruthi Ramakrishnan

Shruthi is an independent legal consultant working primarily in the area of child rights. She completed her BA.LLB. from Christ College of Law, Bangalore (2011) and her LL.M. from Columbia University, New York (2014) where she majored in Comparative Constitutional Law and International Human Rights. She has worked as a Research Associate in the Centre for Law and Policy Research (Bangalore) between 2011 & 2013, during which she worked in the areas of Constitutional Law, Disability Rights and Right to Education. She subsequently worked as Research Consultant at the Centre for Child and the Law, National Law School of India University (CCL-NLSIU), Bangalore until 2015, where she worked extensively on juvenile justice laws and the law related to child sexual abuse in India. She has co-authored two books on law related to Child Sexual Abuse.

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