Resources

Rainbow Homes program believes that having relevant and comprehensive  knowledge can significantly impact the quality of what one does. It has a dedicated unit that works to deepen the understanding of the street children and the nuances of working with them. We have systematically studied and identified and documented a set of good practices that helps ensure a standard quality of care  across all the homes, across the cities.
The knowledge that has been generated and documented into handbooks is being recognized as “ first of its kind” initiative in professionalizing care for street children.

Child Protection Policy

This Policy reiterates our commitment of the organization to provide a child safe environment and is based on intensive study of various child protection documents and policy frameworks. It covers the definition and kinds of behaviors that constitute abuse. It details out the preventive and response mechanisms established to prevent and response to any form of abuse and a well defined code of conduct to ensure the expected and undesirable behaviours are clearly articulated for common understanding.

Child Protection Policy: Comic version for children

This was created to ensure that every child in the Rainbow Home and Sneh Ghar should be able to understand the child Protection Policy and what s/he is entitled to as part of Right to Protection. Through this comic, children will be able to understand different forms of abuse and raise their concerns in case of inappropriate behavior by adults. The book covers, reporting mechanism and follow up thereafter as envisaged in the Child Protection Policy. It has a separate section on how to avoid being at risk in particular situations.

Management of Homes

This manual discusses the characteristics of a child friendly residential set up. It covers MOU with government for building sharing, the specific infrastructural requirements and the innovations required in making buildings comfortable for livening. It also covers in detail the many service aspects like housekeeping, sanitation, interior arrangements and aesthetics, fire safety, emergency management, time management, purchase and budgeting.

Emergency Protocol

Safety is a human concern, one that every Rainbow Home/Sneh Ghar must take seriously and strive continually to achieve. It is also a legal concern, as they can be held liable if they do not make efforts to provide a safe and secure environment. This document provides guidance for developing a practical, viable emergency arrangement in the homes. It covers different type crisis situations, response mechanisms, crisis review and follow up processes.

Building Caring Communities

The very first and the most crucial step in the journey of ensuring safety and protection to children on the street is reach out to the children and understand the world from their eyes. The entire process of establishing a relationship of trust and assessing the vulnerability has been also been designed and articulated in this manual. The significance and the method of involving the community, the immediate neighbours as well as other stake holders in the larger community are also discussed.

Education Manual: Preparing for School and Life Ahead

The greatest challenge for education planners for children from the streets to support them to bridge the educational gap before mainstreaming them. The home prepares an individual education plan for each child and monitors its progress. We advocate a comprehensive approach to education, one that will prepare the children for life. The manual outlines the needs, concerns, challenges, and potential solutions in developing and implementing such a comprehensive and holistic education program.

Learning for Life (Life skills curriculum)

We developed a contextualized curriculum for children after a series of workshops with staff and children. The life skills curriculum is a guidebook is centered around –“I, Me, My” (self- physical. emotional), the planes of being- self, team/ immediate relations, social cultural and aspiration are addressed and all levels in terms of – values, attitudes and behaviors are included. Another important aspect is to build meaning and sense of self-worth as a part of society, to actually be able to not only claim public space in a positive manner but also as an active agent for change.

Physical Health Care

This module covers our approach towards building a comprehensive health programme for children in non-custodial residential care. It proposes a shift from a medical approach towards a more holistic outlook addressing the preventive, promotional and curative physical health care needs of children including immunization, hygiene, health education, de-addiction and nutrition tracking. It discusses about the need to establish linkages with public and private health care institutions and functionaries at primary, secondary and tertiary levels for the care of children. There is a separate section dedicated to providing emergency curative health care support.

Home Records

Record keeping is essential as it helps to ensure child care continuity, service improvement and transparency in all processes in the Rainbow Home/Sneh Ghar. The manual provides a clear understanding and consistent practice of recording and talks in detail about the various kinds of records that are required to capture the services offered in the home , both statuary (JJ & SSA) and others.

Udaan: Taking Flight

This manual is about Transition – from childhood to adolescence and the simultaneous transition from secure, home living to responsible, independent living. The book brings together researched knowledge and the experiences of those who have worked with adolescents and presents approaches and guidelines that are likely to be a valuable resource for Sneh Sathis in their attempts to meet the needs of children transitioning out from care.

A Handbook of Career Options

Careers document is a compilation that all young adolescents at possibly the first crossroad of their lives will find extremely useful. It lists out details of more than 200 career options grouped under 13 broad categories. The format provides a description of the work and has information on the qualifications required, the level of income possible and the institutions that offer courses and trainings. It is a valuable resource that provides information in a simple, user-friendly format but it does not claim to be exhaustive.

Supporting Carers

The very first and the most crucial step in the journey of ensuring safety and protection to children on the street is reach out to the children and understand the world from their eyes. The entire process of establishing a relationship of trust and assessing the vulnerability has been also been designed and articulated in this manual. The significance and the method of involving the community, the immediate neighbours as well as other stake holders in the larger community are also discussed.

Managing Finances

The successful implementation of any program is based on the understanding and execution of simple and clearly laid out financial guidelines & norms. The finance manual brings information about the aspects ranging from accounting systems, financial management and fund accounting, purchasing/procurement system budgeting and budgetary control, statutory and legal requirements, financial review and audit systems.

Understanding the Street Child, Approaches to Care and Building Partnerships

Every child has a fundamental right to good quality schooling and the street child is entitled to this right no less than any other. But in reality they face extraordinary challenges to access these fundamental rights. This manual outlines how state and urban local governments can undertake the program of open and comprehensive care for street children and other deprived children on a larger scale.

Summary Manual

Summary Manual gives a snapshot of the non-custodial comprehensive care approach covering various aspects of working with street children, mobilization from streets, managing of Rainbow Homes for Girls/ Sneh Ghars for boys. It also includes the various services to be provided in the home to cater to the fundamental rights of food, clothing, shelter, health and education.

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