BEFORE NOT AFTER: THE CINI METHOD TO PREVENT VIOLATIONS OF CHILDREN’S RIGHTS BEFORE THEY OCCUR – NOW THE RECOGNITION OF HARVARD UNIVERSITY

The Harvard University report ‘Before Not After: An Evaluation of CINI’s Preventative Approach to Child Protection in India’ is online.

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The prestigious US University has just completed a study on the CINI Method, an approach to prevent harm to children before it occurs. The research project has been carried out in the context of CINI’s programme “Development of Child Friendly Communities”, a local application of the CINI Method in the Murshidabad District of West Bengal, run thanks to the financial support of the Italian Fondazione San Zeno.

The CINI Method has been evaluated as a methodology effective in reversing the prevailing trend of curing the trauma after it has already been done to the child, instead of preventing it altogether.

The Harvard University study report (pdf attached) evaluates the CINI Method, a preventive approach involving the local self-government and service providers (such as teachers, health and ICDS workers, ICPS personnel, the police), jointly with self-help group women and young people themselves organised in children’s groups.

The study findings highlight that the CINI Method has succeeded in increasing access to basic services and preventing malnutrition, early marriages and child abuse, also encouraging children and adolescents to participate in the process of change concerning them. The value of CINI’s work highlighted by the authors lies in the CINI’s ability to have identified an innovative intervention strategy to guarantee prevention before the harm is inflicted on the child and the adolescent who fall victim to illiteracy, illness, malnutrition, abuse and exploitation.