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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)


RESOURCES

  • Supporting Youth Leave Care: A Study of Aftercare Practices in Delhi
    Udayan Care, and DCPCR, 2019

    Current Aftercare Practices (CAP) is a research study conducted in the State of Delhi and is part of a multistate study conducted in Karnataka, Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Maharashtra. The CAP study is an Udayan Care initiative, supported and funded by UNICEF, Tata Trusts and other partners; and is based on the premise that every child who leaves an Alternative Care setting on completing 18 years of age (or becomes a ‘Care Leaver’) needs extended support in the form of Aftercare. The CAP study gathers evidence through a scientific data collection process, consolidates knowledge and promising practices, and discusses gaps and challenges from multi-stakeholders’ perspective. At various stages, the study has employed participatory methods to incorporate the voices of CLs and critical feedback from key stakeholders and experts.

  • Supporting Youth Leave Care: A Study of Aftercare Practices in Gujarat (2019)
    Udayan Care, Gujarat State Child Protection Society, Government of Gujarat, and UNICEF, 2019

    Current Aftercare Practices (CAP) is a research study conducted in the State of Gujrat and is part of a multistate study conducted in Delhi, Karnataka, Rajasthan, and Maharashtra. The CAP study is an Udayan Care initiative, supported and funded by UNICEF, Tata Trusts and other partners; and is based on the premise that every child who leaves an Alternative Care setting on completing 18 years of age (or becomes a ‘Care Leaver’) needs extended support in the form of Aftercare. The CAP study gathers evidence through a scientific data collection process, consolidates knowledge and promising practices, and discusses gaps and challenges from multi-stakeholders’ perspective. At various stages, the study has employed participatory methods to incorporate the voices of CLs and critical feedback from key stakeholders and experts. The report covers a total of 104 CLs from Gujarat, comprising of 63 males and 41 females, from both Government and NGO-run Child Care Institutions (CCIs). The present document also includes children who avail the benefits under the Palak Mata Pita Yojna (PMPY) scheme of the Gujarat Government. Out of 104 CLs, 20 children are PMPY beneficiaries who do not come under the purview of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 (JJ Act). Currently, Aftercare provision is meant only for CLs exiting from CCIs and is not applicable for PMPY beneficiaries in the state. Although much is happening on Aftercare in the State, there are many areas where we as duty-bearers need to rise to the call to meet the aspirations of the CLs.

  • Supporting Youth Leave Care: A Study of Aftercare Practices in Karnataka (2019)
    Udayan Care, Tata Trusts, and UNICEF, 2019

    Current Aftercare Practices (CAP) is a research study conducted in the State of Karnataka and is part of a multistate study conducted in Delhi, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Maharashtra. The CAP study is an Udayan Care initiative, supported and funded by UNICEF, Tata Trusts and other partners; and is based on the premise that every child who leaves an Alternative Care setting on completing 18 years of age (or becomes a ‘Care Leaver’) needs extended support in the form of Aftercare. The CAP study gathers evidence through a scientific data collection process, consolidates knowledge and promising practices, and discusses gaps and challenges from multi-stakeholders’ perspective. At various stages, the study has employed participatory methods to incorporate the voices of CLs and critical feedback from key stakeholders and experts. The report covers a total of 108 CLs from Karnataka, comprising of 47 males and 61 females, from both Government and NGO-run Child Care Institutions (CCIs). The key findings of the study show that there is tremendous scope for development of Aftercare in the State of Karnataka. There are many areas where we, as duty-bearers, need to rise to the call to meet the aspirations of the CLs.