Arpan is a registered NGO based in Mumbai and the largest in the world* working on the issue of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) with a team of dedicated and skilled professionals since the year 2006. Arpan has reached out to over 71,000 children and over 89,000 adults directly and over 4,60,000 individuals indirectly since its inception.
Arpan is currently working in Mumbai and Thane in Maharashtra with a child centric model of intervention in the area of child sexual abuse (CSA) with a balanced emphasis on prevention and healing components. While the focus is on children, Arpan also understands the need for reaching out to adult survivors of child sexual abuse (CSA) in order to support them in an adequate manner and prevent any further re-victimization as well as enable them to heal from the impact of child sexual abuse.
Arpan empowers children, teachers, parents, NGO professionals and other care givers in multiple setting like schools, NGO set ups, institutions etc. with knowledge, skills and attitude to prevent instances of child sexual abuse and provide adequate support to children who have been victims. Along with empowering relevant stakeholders, Arpan also offers psychotherapeutic support through trained, qualified therapists to children and adult survivors of sexual abuse and their families.
With a focused approach, to deal with the complex multifaceted reality and the ambiguous terrain of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA), Arpan has evolved into being one of key players in the sector of child protection.
Arpan is working towards evolving into a national level resource agency on Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) which will be able to reach out to millions of children and other stake holders in India through its direct work as well as through its partnerships and capacity building activities with like minded organizations and individuals.
* “Arpan is the largest NGO in the world that I know of working in the field of child sexual abuse in a focused manner. Especially noteworthy is the large scale of prevention work by professionals who teach thousands of children personal safety skills every year using research-based materials and methodology. Because prevention often melds into intervention, Arpan extends this program through individual meetings with all students post-sessions to ensure they learned the necessary information and skills; more importantly, each child is given an opportunity in privacy to share with Arpan’s trainer if there has been any experience of sexual abuse or misbehavior in the past or is ongoing. If there is, the case is referred to Arpan’s counselors who bring in the family or other support systems to make sure the abuse stops and counsel the child and the family. I know no other NGO in the world where the staff follow such a holistic model of prevention and healing with children in schools.”
Dr. Lois Engelbrecht, Founder Trustee, Centre for Prevention and Treatment of Child Sexual Abuse, Manila, Philippines. (Dr. Lois has been in the field of child sexual abuse for 20 years).