The past 5 years have been a period of remarkable achievements for our Training and Capacity Building Division. Since 2018, there has been a staggering 120% increase in the number of training programmes, reaching a total of 60,495 persons across 22 states in India. The impact of these programmes has been far-reaching, with participants coming from various sectors including police departments, law enforcement agencies (LEAs), teachers, students, parents, and grassroots-level workers. The stakeholders were trained on various aspects, including laws, related to child rights and child protection as a step towards making a child friendly world.
Over 42% of those trained were from the police force, while 25% were from LEAs. The division also provided training to teachers, students, parents, and grassroots-level workers, recognizing the need for a holistic approach to capacity building.
KSCF has been instrumental in organizing 695 training programmes covering a wide range of topics. We engaged 40 master trainers, including 26 internal and 14 external experts, who played a pivotal role in imparting knowledge and skills to the participants. We provided training to 2,696 personnel from the Railway Protection Force (RPF), which has helped us in curbing trafficking through the railways.
We developed 46 documents that serve as valuable resources for various stakeholders and for conducting effective training sessions. The development of these documents showcases our commitment to creating comprehensive training materials that cater to the diverse needs of our participants.
KSCF has also been proactive in conducting impact assessments to monitor the effectiveness of our training programmes. Three impact assessments have been conducted so far, which have revealed overwhelmingly positive feedback from the participants. More than 98% of the respondents found the training programmes useful, and over 92% expressed their willingness to attend more such programmes in the future. These findings are a testament to the effectiveness of our training programmes.
One of the key findings of our impact assessments is the positive change in the attitude and behaviours of the participants. Respondents shared that they registered FIRs in all cases of child labour that they dealt with, demonstrating their increased sensitivity towards the issue. Moreover, 96% of the respondents recognised that children in conflict with the law are also children in need of care and protection, indicating a shift towards a child-centric approach. Additionally, a majority of the respondents disagreed with the notion that children from poor families should be allowed to work and recognized that girls are not responsible for the sexual assaults they face.
As a result of our efforts, 9 child marriages were prevented in Bihar and Jharkhand, which is a significant accomplishment in the fight against child marriage. KSCF has also provided support to the State Women and Child Development Departments in developing their own training programmes and has collaborated with Judicial Academies of Kerala, Meghalaya, Uttarakhand, and Bihar to enhance their capacity in dealing with child protection issues.
Our division has also embraced technology to broaden our reach. We have made 12 online training sessions available on YouTube, which have received positive feedback and have been accessed by a wide range of stakeholders. Additionally, we have developed a video on the online safety of children, recognizing the growing need to address the challenges posed by the digital world.
In conclusion, our Training and Capacity Building Division has made significant strides in the past 5 years, reaching a wide range of stakeholders.