The CSI is committed to becoming child centered, child friendly and child safe. As a concrete step towards this commitment the CSI Child Protection Policy (CSI CPP) has been drafted. The first dissemination workshop for key people related to children in all the dioceses of the Tamil and Malayalam Regions took place in the CSI centre on 25-26 April 2019. The CSI CPP is the product of a process of listening and learning from children that CSI has committed to for over three years.
Speaking at the inaugural Dr. Rathnakara Sadananda, General Secretary, CSI observed that once passed, the CSI CPP will be the first of its kind for any church in South Asia. Advocate Robert C. Bruce, Treasurer CSI, who brought greetings at the inaugural, emphasized that with large number of primary schools, higher secondary schools, higher education institutions and care-giving institutions, a child protection policy was very appropriate and timely for the CSI which, as usual, has taken a lead in coming up with one such unique policy for the Church.
Participants were actively involved in understanding the context of a child in India, the vulnerabilities they face, legal provisions available and how the CSI commits to addressing these through the policy. Feedback to sharpen the implementation mechanism was received from the participants as well.
A total of 55 participants were led through sections of the CSI CPP draft by the Girl Child Campaign team of Mrs. Aruna Stephen, Mr. Daniel Solomon Raja and Ms. Merlin JochebethRev. Solomon Paul, the Director in-charge of SEVA and Ms. Jessica Richard, Coordinator - Campaigns & Advocacy facilitated the sessions.