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Aftercare

According to the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 (JJ Act 2015), aftercare refers to ‘making provision of support, financial or otherwise, to persons, who have completed the age of eighteen years but have not completed twenty-one years, and have left any institutional care to join the mainstream of society’. Aftercare can be termed as a preparatory stage for young adults during which they are provided financial support, training in skills, handholding for career development, counselling for managing emotions and such other measures that contribute to the process of their social mainstreaming. It is the final stage in the continuum of care of institutionalized children. They are not left alone after completion of stay in institutions but are helped for a certain duration to enable their reintegration in the society. (Aftercare, Udayan Care and UNICEF India Country Office, 2016)


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  • Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 and the Support Provided to Youth Leaving Care in India
    Kiran Modi and Gurneet Kalra , 2022

    This paper was published in the Youth Journal in March 2022. This study aimed to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Care Leavers’ journeys and well-being, support received through the Aftercare Outreach Programme (AOP), thereby focusing on identifying and understanding the process and support services that should be considered for the further mitigation of their situation during and beyond the pandemic. It also aimed to highlight the impact of AOP support on their health, housing, education, vocational skills, employment, digital access, and mental health. The study examined the criticality of actions required to aid the betterment of their overall situation with respect to managing their mental health, education, and skills, preparing them to cope amidst the pandemic.

  • LEAVING CARE POLICY DEVELOPMENT: A policy brief for practitioners
    Udayan Care, SOS Children’s Villages, University of Hildesheim and Kinderperspectief , 2021

    The process of leaving care is a transnational and global challenge. Even though there are several variations between care-leaving policies and the availability of support worldwide, the challenges faced by Care Leavers are similar everywhere. While there is enough evidence to show that organisations that effectively engage with children and young persons in co-creating their practices are most effective, it must be ensured that such participation is true and not mere tokenistic in nature. The involvement of Care Leavers in policy making, decision making and working for their best interest is the best way that societies can contribute towards their betterment. This policy brief puts together the key guiding principles that all organisations working with and for care leavers must keep in mind, as expressed by Care Leavers themselves, during the 1st International Care Leavers Convention 2020.