Centre for Child Rights (CCR) is the specialized research centre of the National Law University Odisha, Cuttack. The Centre was established in the year 2015 with a mission to improve access to justice for children and promote research, advanced learning and advocacy to strengthen child rights laws, policies and practices in India. The Centre envisages providing technical support to the different line departments and statutory institutions in the State of Odisha for Knowledge Management, Human Resource Development and System Strengthening.
Centre for Child Rights (CCR) is the specialized research centre of the National Law University Odisha, Cuttack. The Centre was founded on April 12, 2015 with ceremonial inauguration by Hon’ble Mr. Justice Dipak Misra, Judge, Supreme Court of India and Visitor, NLU Odisha in the august presence of the Hon’ble Chief Justice and Judges of Orissa High Court, and Secretary, Department of Women and Child Development, Government of Odisha. The Centre aims at strengthening law and justice for children and child rights practices by supporting and initiating research, policy advocacy and community action on children related issues. The Centre intends to provide integrated support to different layers of institutional governance in local, state and national level for the protection of child rights. The Centre aims to do so by creating framework of research support and logistical back-up to the statutory processes concerning protection of children and by providing complementary support to different stakeholders involved in the child rights paradigm.
To ensure justice to children and promote effective implementation of children’s laws and governance in the State of Odisha. The Centre will endeavor to create child-friendly mechanisms through the promotion of child rights practices.
To support and strengthen child protection structures by leveraging knowledge change and policy reforms at various levels of institutional governance to make juvenile justice system more accountable, efficient and effective for protecting and promoting child rights.
- To improve access to justice for children in areas of juvenile justice, child labour, gender justice, education and trafficking.
- To strengthen law, policy and governance to improve child rights situation.
- To make juvenile justice system and child protection structures accountable and child friendly.
- To evolve collaborative approach among different stakeholders on the issues of child rights.
- To enhance experiential learning by conducting extensive field work and research for evidence-based advocacy.
- Human Right Approach: Advocate and promote the practice of stakeholders’ commitments and accountabilities towards children’s rights are non-negotiable but deliverable as primary obligation of stakeholders and they have to recognize, respect and enforce the provisions of UNCRC in all spheres from law and policy formulation to actual service delivery level in right-based perspective.
- Networking and partnership: The Centre is open for networks and coalitions to develop and sustain strategic partnership with all key stakeholders and institutions working on the child rights for collective initiatives, respect and value each other expertise and to foster partnership with key stakeholders.
- Alliance building: The Centre shall involve duty bearers and stakeholders, civil society members/ organizations to improve law and policy environment as well as access to justice for children towards realization of their rights.
- Knowledge Management: The Centre prioritizes legal education on child rights perspective, inculcating learning on children affairs, Research and Resource Hub on children’s issues with respect chosen thematic areas by creating robust knowledge management system. Key actors like academia, practitioners, advocates and civil society shall be encouraged for scholastic knowledge, research and advocacy in the field of child rights. The Centre shall be a single window system where knowledge can be harnessed and shared with various actors.
- Inter-disciplinary Approach: The Centre shall evolve interdisciplinary or multi-stakeholders approach with medical institutions, behavior therapist, Human Rights Institutions, statutory bodies and academic institutions with specialization in sociology, criminology, social work, women studies and so on to impact research and contribute to law, policy and practice on child rights in accordance with the legal expertise of the NLUO.
- Evidence-based research: The Centre shall undertake empirical, exploratory and action researches by using qualitative and quantitative research tools to explore procedural and practical bottlenecks in the implementation of children’s laws, and to document field realities of child rights situation to provide evidence for advocacy to influence law and policy.
- Advocacy: Advocacy for change in child rights’ through legal supports and by strengthening the review mechanism of law implementation, involving of Civil Society Organizations by harmonizing their knowledge with appropriate advocacy tools through capacity building training and knowledge products to bring required change in policy and practice through Legislative, Executive, Media or Public Advocacy as strategically appropriate to address the issue(s) of child rights.
- Resource mobilization: The Centre desires to mobilize material and human resources from corporates, committed institutions, individuals, groups, donors, funding agencies and so on to create child friendly system through the promotion of child rights practice.
The Centre for Child Rights is managed and governed as per the rules and regulations formulated by the NLU Odisha. The Centre is functioning under the guidance and supervision of the Vice-Chancellor, NLU Odisha. Academic inputs and the students involvement to the works of the CCR is coordinated by an Assistant Professor of NLU Odisha in the designation of “Faculty Coordinator’ of the CCR. The university has constituted an ‘Advisory Board’ from its teaching faculties to provide technical guidance to the centre for research and publications. The centre is presently managed by two full time personnel in the designation of Senior Programme Coordinator and Senior Research Associate.
Prof. (Dr.) Srikrishna Deva Rao, Vice-Chancellor, NLU Odisha
Mr. Ramakrishna Das, Faculty Coordinator
Mr. S.Kannayiram, Senior Programme Coordinator
Mr. Pramoda Kishore Acharya, Senior Research Associate
Dr.Sheela Rai, Professor, NLU Odisha
Dr. Kondaiah Jonnalagadda, Associate Professor, NLU Odisha
United Nations Children’s Fund – UNICEF, Bhubaneswar
Centre for Child Rights has partnered with UNICEF for effective implementation of children’s laws in Odisha. Knowledge management, Human resource development, System strengthening and Academic excellence in child rights would be key outcomes of this partnership. The support of UNICEF has enabled CCR to provide technical support to different line departments in Odisha Government in the form of research, documentation and dissemination; undertake capacity development training for the stakeholders of Juvenile Justice and Child Protection System; and support the State in formulation of state strategies for effective implementation of child-centric laws. Additionally, this partnership helps NLU Odisha to introduce diploma course on child rights; special semester courses on juvenile justice, anti-trafficking and clinical legal education on right to education for undergraduate students. The centre will bring out Journal on the Rights of the Children to get academic insights and scholastic discourse on child rights situation in India and the world
Indian Council for Social Science Research- ICSSR, New Delhi
CCR has mobilized support of the ICSSR for a research on ‘Exploring Changing Dynamics of Children’s Laws in India in the Post-Liberalization Era’. The objective of the study is to understand the impact of globalization and economic liberalization on India’s law and justice system along with understanding the progress that have been made in thematic areas in child rights practices towards the effective implementation of the public policies on children.
Labour Department, Government of Odisha, Bhubaneswar
CCR provides technical support to the Labour Department, Government of Odisha in developing strategies for implementation of State Plan of Action for Elimination of Child Labour in Odisha.
Centre for Child Rights
National Law University Odisha
Kathajodi Campus, Sector-13
CDA, Cuttack, 753015
Telephone: 0671- 2338011
Centre undertakes research and empirical studies on the functioning of the various institutions, child rights practices and approaches and implementation of child-centric laws. Centre also document important case laws of children issues and best practices of the juvenile justice for knowledge dissemination.
Centre uses advocacy as the key strategy to inform and influence child rights practice by initiating dialogue and evidence-based knowledge for law and policy reforms.
Centre is committed to providing technical assistance to different line departments in Odisha State in form of research, documentation, training, policy guidance etc for formulation of state strategies for effective implementation of child centric laws and policies. Centre has developed partnership with Women and Child Development Department, Home Department, Labour Department, State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights, State Child Protection Unit of Odisha State to provide technical cooperation in the area of research, training and evaluation.
Centre is looking on the development of child rights course which would be introduced by the NLU Odisha to offer specialized diploma course on child rights and clinical legal education on juvenile justice. The introduction of such course aims to improve the quality of human resources involved in the implementation of children laws and child care services.
CCR brings out various knowledge toolkits in the form of booklets, posters, manual, audio-visual documentary to serve the needs of different stakeholders in the area of child rights.
Journal on the Rights of the Child
CCR has brought out issue of journal on rights of the child in December 2016. This journal would be academia, research scholars and child right practitioner to express and discuss seminal thought on various issues of child right to influence policy discourse.
FAQ of JJ Act,2015
The FAQs aims to provide knowledge and practical guidance to the stakeholders of the juvenile justice to discharge their responsibility and accountability in accordance to letter and spirit of juvenile justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015.
Working of Juvenile Justice in Odisha
The policy paper on the ‘working of Juvenile justice system in Odisha’ provides a landscape on the functioning of Juvenile justice institutions and outline issues and challenges to the child protection system. It also provides recommendations towards strengthening juvenile justice system in Odisha.