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Making Paths by Walking Together

Child Participation is a process rather than an event, with varying degrees of involvement - from being consulted on a predetermined issue to children and youth choosing their agenda, making their own decisions and taking them forward.

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Children At Risk

India is home to the largest number of children in the world, significantly larger than the number in China.

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RCPDS Policies

Child Rights Policy of RCPDS

Resource Centre for Participatory Development Studies - RCPDS is a development NGO based in Madurai with strong commitment to facilitate conducive environment to enable the least and vulnerable, especially dalit, women and children, to participate in the development process. The guiding policies of RCPDS consider women, children, dalit; conservation of natural resource and prevention of HIV/AIDS as cross cutting and non-negotiable in all its intervention.  The mission of RCPDS started since 1997 from its strong roots of parent body called SPEECH, which started its mission 1987.   As part of its strategy and visionary growth, RCPDS discussed about evolving appropriate policy guidelines on key thrust areas of human development.  The first of its section as agreed in the annual general body meeting of the society dated 17 August 2007, is the CHILD RIGHTS, SAFETY AND PARTICIPATION AND POLICY OF THE ORGANISATION.  We aim for excellence by positive engagement with children of all section including physical challenge, +ve parents as well children and children at risk. In this way we will make the most of the potential of the individual children and so benefit the organization, family, local communities and society at large.  The child rights policy describes the specific actions we are taking to tackle the vulnerability level of all children below the age of 18 and assumptions about child participation. In doing this we take into account stakeholders at all levels.