An online workshop on Project CACA was conducted on 20th, 23rd and 24th July
2020 for all the staff members to create awareness about the evil of Child
Abuse. The programme was organised by an NGO, Social Axiom Insignia. The first
session apprised the teachers of the Safety Workbook series prescribed by the
School under the School's Child Safety Policy. The resource person, Mr. Pradeep,
Director, Project CACA reiterated that preventing child abuse is the only way to
guarantee complete safety of the child and the schools can play a significant
role in addressing this issue. The second session focused on various laws to
save children from mental and physical abuses of different kinds. The resource
person talked at length about Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (2012)
or POCSO Act. The third session was conducted by Ms.Nishtha Bakshi, Counselling
Psychologist, Fortis Hospital. She sensitized the faculty about the various
psychological aspects of Child Sexual Abuse. The focus was laid on how educators
can handle the cases of Child Abuse and help the victims overcome the trauma.
The sessions were an eye-opener and dispelled notions about the way children are handled in a conventional set-up. Teachers' queries related to this sensitive subject were also addressed. The School Principal exhorted the teachers to be vigilant and well informed.