In February 2019, Azad Foundation signed this 5 year long project supporting MOU in continuation for rehabilitation and reintegration of children living and working on streets of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa KPK. This MOU intended to develop integrated service provision including prevention, protection, rehabilitation and reintegration. It was also an aim of the project to ensure the ownership of the Social Welfare Department and Child protection welfare commission of the issue and consistent coordination and cooperation of the other relevant government departments, civil society and corporate social responsibilities.
The project envisages many functions, including promotion, response and prevention, to address multiple deprivations of children working and living on the streets and their families. The functions include interventions of communication for development (social mobilisation, advocacy, and behaviour change), provision of rehabilitation services through mobile and static outreach facilities, transitional care services, standard procedures of case management and transitional care, trainings of rights holders and duty bearers, and benefits from the social protection programmes, including health, education, social protection schemes, social justice and vocational trainings, etc. In the perceived design, the project will require a strong structure and capacity building. Therefore, a collaborative approach will be adopted to bring more partners on board from the government. private institutions, social development organizations and civil society.
Initially, the pilot phase 1 only focused on protection and referral services. During this phase we established 1 protection center, 2 KIOSKs for registration and referral and 1 mobile information and protection unit in Peshawar to provide relevant services. Lessons learnt from these 6 months will be utilized to further expand protective and preventive interventions to other 3 cities. Moreover, a deeper understanding through mapping and behavioral assessment will be developed in all cities to assess on-ground situations. It will lead towards policy advocacy and building capacities of stakeholders for enhanced service provision and State ownership for materializing the rights of children in street situations in Pakistan.
Being one of the key thematic areas, the protection component of National Street Children Project (NSCP) is the bedrock that addresses the protection concerns and direct service provision focused interventions of street children in 4 cities of KPK. Therefore, under the long-term strategic model, it aims to establish mobile protection centers, outreach networks, KIOSKs, helpline, surveillance and referral centers for transit care centers.
The component contributes to the following outcome “information, prevention and protection services for at-risk and street children and for communities are accessed by them in target cities for their sustainable rehabilitation and social reintegration.”
he following is the progress made during the current period:
- Biometric electronic registration.
- Psycho-social counseling services.
- Non-formal/life skills education services.
- Recreational activities.
- Case management services (assessment, planning and treatment, follow up and after care).
- Development of standard operating procedure of the project
- Street Outreach (in day & night shifts).
- Monthly coordination meetings with stakeholders.
- Recruit key informers, volunteers and community /faith leaders in a support network.
- Develop referral networks with response, social support and protection services.
- Immediate Family tracing and reunification.
- Residential transit care (boarding/lodging/ food/clothing/counseling/non-formal and formal education/skill development/reunification).
- Family counseling services.