UTSAH’s work in detail
UTSAH’s work can be broadly divided into two components:
1) Child Support: The Constitution of India, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Indian National Policy on Children 2013, the Juvenile Justice(Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015, the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012, the Child and Adolescent Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act 1986, the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act 2006, the Immoral Trafficking Prevention Act 1956 lays out various provisions for the protection of children from sexual violence. Through the Child Support component, UTSAH provides comprehensive social services support to children who are affected or are at risk of being affected by sexual violence, in a way that can ensure their access to necessary protection-related statutory entitlements.
2) System Support: The Child Protection System is a complex set of institutions, functionaries, and stakeholders, having statutory obligations towards ensuring the protection of children from sexual violence. Through the System Support Component, UTSAH provides a comprehensive range of technical support services to the Child Protection System, with the larger aim of enhancing its quality of response and services towards children who are affected or are at risk of being affected by sexual violence.
Ensuring social services to children who are affected by sexual violence and strengthening of the Child Protection System corresponds to the larger Sustainable Development Goal Number 16 which aims at “reducing all forms of violence while promoting the rule of law and human rights across the world, at ensuring access to justice for all and building of accountable institutions”.