What
Pratham Council for Vulnerable Children (PCVC) is the child rights and protection wing of Pratham. The mission of this unit is "Every Child's Rights Protected, Every Child in School and Learning Well."

Established in the year 2000, PCVC has grown from being an organization focused on working with child labourers and children in difficulty, to a rights-based resource organization, working on the broad issues of protection and safeguarding of children's rights.
 
Why
Pratham started with a mandate of every child in school and learning well. Within this mission, it was also important to reach and help marginalized and vulnerable children to come into the education net but also be provided with a safety net.

PCVC focuses on child labour, children with special needs, children in institutions, children suffering from substance abuse, those in conflict with law, children who are victims of sexual abuse and children belonging to the most marginalised communities. Through its work, PCVC wants these children to get access to education and so that every child has equality of opportunity.
 
How
PCVC began as an outreach program in the slum communities of Mumbai, to respond to the needs of children belonging to underserved communities, especially those of children not in school and of working children.

Currently, PCVC's core focus is on child protection issues like children with special needs, children on the street, child beggars, children suffering from substance abuse, those in conflict with law, children who are victims of sexual abuse and children belonging to the most marginalised communities. PCVC strategy includes direct work with children and families in communities. Indirect work as a resource organization involved in training of different stakeholders concerned with child protection issues and partnership with concerned government departments.

Overall focus is on remediation, prevention, rehabilitation, policy advocacy and documentation for evidence based practice. PCVC addresses the issues of child rights through multipronged interventions.

One of the key core programs of PCVC is to rescue child labourers from exploitative situations. The aim is to repatriate these children back to their homes and seek rehabilitative measures to sustain them in their local and home settings. Keeping in mind there are established inter-state connections, PCVC works on both exit (source) and entry (receiving) points at railway stations in order to mitigate unsafe migration and trafficking of children as a major prevention operation. Another crucial prevention program is the Child Rights Help Desk which is set up at various locations within the community to address the concerns of child rights and for local community members to seek redressal for the same. Child Rights Sessions are also conducted in schools as well as in the community.

While the focus has been on strengthening children and communities, PCVC also has national advocacy-level interventions, from establishing inter-state coordination between various state governments, pushing the issue of child rights and protection to a higher priority on their agenda), and accepting ownership for altering significant policy decisions.

On the rehabilitation front, PCVC provides educational sponsorship/ family assistance for the freed child labourers. This is for the children who attend the school on regular basis (up to 70%) and it is monitored by PCVC staff in consultation with the schools. In the past, PCVC has run residential shelters for rescued child labourers in their particular home state as a demonstration of best practise for the State.
   
 
Reach and Scale
 
PCVC's activities extend to eleven states in the country – Gujarat, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, working extensively at both source and receiving end covering 778 Villages in 37 Blocks in 11 Districts in rural area and 2474 Communities in 14 Cities in Urban areas.

PCVC reaches out to around 300,000 children annually through its direct and indirect interventions across the PCVC states.
 
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