Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) is a phenomenon affecting multiple individuals but primarily the child. Arpan follows a child centric model of intervention in the area of child sexual abuse with a balanced emphasis on prevention and healing components both. While the focus is on children, Arpan also understands the need for reaching out to adult survivors of child sexual abuse 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.
Direct preventive and psychotherapeutic work, is supported by the training of trainers and capacity building projects wherein teachers, NGO professionals, academicians and interested individuals undergo intensive training in conducting the Arpan preventive module of Personal safety education within their respective set ups which facilitate the replication of the Arpan model of intervention. Arpan also conducts capacity building sessions for mental health professionals and social workers to enhance counseling skills and knowledge on trauma and alternative therapies to be able to provide more effective therapeutic intervention for victims/survivors of sexual abuse.
Arpan has played a critical role in bringing a new legislation to address child sexual offences by hosting a group of lawyers and NGO professionals that sent their suggestions to the Ministry of Law and Justice. Arpan continues its work in Policy Advocacy by sending suggestions to strengthen the existing law.
Arpan also helps and guides people in taking the legal recourse if they wish to.
Arpan believes that the civil society plays an important role in changing attitudes towards social issues. By conducting events amongst civil society groups, Arpan aims to throw insights on the issue of child sexual abuse and help change attitudes and dissolve myths around CSA through its Public Advocacy initiatives.
The entire model of intervention at Arpan is dependent on a strong inclination on research and resource development wherein intensive data analysis, research studies, reviews of relevant secondary literature, development of child centric resource material, modules, manuals, etc. are focused on.
Arpan has constantly reviewed and improved their programmes and strategic direction to suit the requirements of the various stakeholder groups across socio-economic and cultural set ups.
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