Plan For Every Child Initiative
As a leading national organisation on child rights, Plan India has been consistently advocating for the survival, protection, development and participation rights of all children, especially, the most disadvantaged. We are committed to reaching over 5 million children and youth through evidence based advocacy initiatives. The Plan For Every Child Initiative highlights the following: a) Threats faced by vulnerable and marginalised children, especially to their rights to survive and thrive; b) Root causes of inequality and investing in the development of all children; c) Programmes planned for the hardest to reach, tend to automatically benefit every child; d) Aggregation of voices through collaboration and the involvement of multiple agencies is crucial to ensure sustainable and effective inclusion and addressing the needs.
National Conference on Children in Difficult Circumstances
The National Conference on Children in Difficult Circumstances was held from November 23-25, 2016 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
The conference provided a unique opportunity to child rights organisations, development practitioners, researchers and policy makers from across India and elsewhere to deliberate on issues relating to the numerous problems faced by children and the commitments via practices, programmes, policies and investment required to address these.
As part of the conference, five plenary sessions were conducted on policy perspective on CIDC, role and responsibility of the Government, law enforcement and judiciary, civil society, corporates and media, regional action plans and inputs for the National Declaration and tracking changes and making the needle move on CIDC. There were also two concurrent sessions held on street and working children, children affected by HIV/AIDS, child trafficking and marriage and children affected by drugs and substance abuse.
Among the many esteemed speakers were Preeti Sudan, Special Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Develpment, Government of India, Stuti Narain Kacker, Chairperson, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Honourable Justice Madan B. Lokur, Supreme Court of India, Amitabh Rajan, Former Home Secretary, Maharashtra and Tanya Barron, CEO, Plan International UK.
The key outcome of the conference was a National Declaration that states the commitment of Plan India and other stakeholders to work together more effectively to provide a nuturing environment for every girl and boy in India, based on the priciples of non-discrimination, development and the best interest of the child.