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January 2009 issue of Journal of School Social Work from Chennai. Special Editor Dr Capt DVP Raja, Madurai Institute of Social Sciences. Editor-in-chief: P J Naidu
January 2009 issue of Journal of School Social Work from Chennai. Special Editor Dr Capt DVP Raja, Madurai Institute of Social Sciences. Editor-in-chief: P J Naidu

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Journal of SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK January 200901
Page02030915192326EditorialChild Protection Policy:The Role of ChildlineParents’ Role inChild SafetyOnline SafetyChild Nutrition: The Key toHealth and safetyBe Wary of StrangersSafety AgainstSexual Exploitation
 Dr Narayana Raja P N  Dr Arul Kamaraj JM  Arul Suresh J  Dr Latha K S  Rajeswari M Yashwanth  Bhumi Thakrar 
A National School Social Work monthly dedicated to networking of parents and teachers.
Volume V Issue 8
January 2009
Price Rs 20.00
Journal of School Social Work 
Journal of School Social Work,
8 (New 14), Sridevi Colony, Seventh Avenue, Ashok Nagar, Chennai 600 083
98406 02325
Contributors’ views are not necessarily the official view of the Journal.
Focus: Child Safety
Hony. Special Editor:
Dr (Capt) DVP Raja
Founder - Director, Madurai Institute of Social Sciences, Madurai
We are thankful to all the contributors and the Honorary SpecialEditor Dr (Capt) D V P Raja, Founder - Director of MaduraiInstitute of Social Sciences, Madurai.
Journal of SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK January 2009
trust like teachers and clergy.Nowadays, expanding scientificinventions and the gadgets thatflood home front also poseproblems. Strangers invade theprivacy of children throughmobiles, chat rooms, blogs andinternet. so, the trick is to identifythe intentions of people and not toavoid strangers. Hence, allstakeholders have to identify andpromote safety resources.
Let us give them necessaryinputs to find the ‘enemy’masquerading as a friend.
Let us enable them to ‘seethrough’ the intentions of exploiters.
Let us give them the analyticalskill to identify problem; the abilityto cope with it and the wisdom toseek help in a proactive way.
Let us teach our children survivalskills.
Let us provide our children withsafety nets.Child safety is a matter of collectiveresponsibility. Isn’t it?Every child and young person hasthe right to grow up in a safe andsupportive family, an encouragingsocial environment and anourishing political system thatprovide opportunities to reach their full potential.Concepts of safety are fastchanging. We thought thatmother’s place is home and her avowed duty is to nurture children. A child should not be at home alonewithout proper adult supervision.But, economic compulsionsproduce hundreds of thousands of working mothers and latchkeychildren.Strangers are to be avoided, wetold the children. But, how can onelive without coming into contact withand without taking legitimate helpfrom strangers? Every person wemeet on the road is a stranger. Thebus conductor, postman,newspaper vendor and autodriver are strangers. Children are moreoften exploited not by strangers butby people who are in positions of 
Proactively Safe
 Dr (Capt) D V P Raja
Hony. Special Editor,
Founder - Director,Madurai Institue of Social Sciences, Madurai
Journal of SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK January 2009
In India there are several NGOs toassist or care for those who arevulnerable
particularly children.It is the responsibility of management and staff of such NGOsto ensure that children are notharmed in any way. NGOs havelegal and moral responsibility to actprudently and take all reasonablesteps within their power to ensurethe safe development of childrenunder their care. Management andstaff of NGOs are expected to findout the relevant laws, applicabilityto their organization and implementwherever appropriate. Thoughmost of the NGOs are managed byphilanthropists in India, it hasbecome common now that theystarted employing professionallytrained social workers to play a keyrole through professionalmanagement. Of the various work,it is the prime responsibility of socialworker in a child welfare institutionto frame and follow child protectionpolicy in line with UN Charter onChild Protection.
Child protection
Child protection by the NGO refersto all reasonable measures takenby agencies working with childrenand their families to ensure that therisks of harm to children areminimized; and concerns aboutchildren and young people’swelfare are maximized. Securingprotection of children within anorganization not only promotes thewelfare of children but alsoenhances the confidence of management, staff, volunteers,parents and carers with the generalpublic.
Benefits to NGOs
Protecting children is beneficial toan NGO in many ways:
Enhancing its reputation.
Helping to effectively meet itsobjectives.
Improving its financial resources.
Child Protection Policy:The Role of Childline
 Narayana Raja P N 
 Dr. Narayana Raja P N 
, Principal, Madurai Institute of Social Sciences;President, Boys Town Society, Thirumangalam; Hon. Director, Juvenile GuidanceBureau, Madurai, Govt. of Tamilnadu; Coordinator – Resource centre for Educational Counselling, Madurai.

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