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Rescuing Railway Children

Rescuing Railway Children
Reuniting Families from India's Railway Platforms

First Edition

September 2013 | 252 pages | SAGE India
Rescuing Railway Children focuses on runaway children in India who have used trains to take them away from home, and who live on railway station platforms and in trains. It presents the issues and challenges of reaching out to these ‘railway children’, particularly through the experiences of Sathi, an NGO based in Bangalore. This organisation has chosen to work with children on railway platforms across India with the intention of reuniting them with families wherever possible. 

The book deals with platform outreach and focuses on shelters close to the stations. The reuniting process is examined from a practical as well as a child-rights perspective. It expands the horizons of analysis by presenting the system prevailing in the UK as a counterpoint, thus highlighting the concerns and current thinking on institutional care and fostering at an international level.
Foreword Pramod Kulkarni
India’s Railway Children
Conventions and Policies Versus Practice and Reality
Platform Presence
At the Shelter
Protection for Children in Need
A Re-Integration Camp
Spreading the Lessons of Experience
Who Really Knows a Child’s Need?
Care and Protection Services for Children in the UK (by Kate Bulman)
The Future-Railway Children in the Next Twenty Years
Annexure: The Sathi Story and Civil Society Response to Children’s Needs
On References and Sources

The book delves into the research it has undertaken over the years to try and evolve the best ways to handle runaway children and find a future for them...the book is sprinkled with real life stories that make the book much more poignant...the strength of the book is to be able to look at processes objectively in order to evolve better practices.

The Hindu, 28 January 2014

This book presents the issues and challenges of reaching out the ‘railway children’…. This book is different. It includes a number of stories, most with sad beginnings and some with happy ending…the purpose of the stories is to show how complex the problem can be, and demonstrate the failures and successes of those who try to deal with it.

The Pioneer, 1 June 2014

Malcolm Harper

Malcolm Harper is currently an independent consultant. He was educated at Oxford, Harvard and Nairobi Universities. He first worked in marketing in England, and then taught at the University of Nairobi. He was Professor of Enterprise Development at Cranfield School of Management, and since 1995 he has worked independently, mainly in India. His work has in general focused on the application of business management tools to the alleviation of poverty, and he has published extensively on enterprise development, micro-finance and inclusive livelihoods.He was Chairman of Basix Finance in India for 10 years, and is Chairman of M-CRIL, the... More About Author

Lalitha Iyer

Lalitha Iyer is currently an independent researcher and social consultant. She began her career in the banking sector, joining SBI as an officer in 1976. She left SBI in 1998 to head Vidyaranya, a leading school in Hyderabad. Since 2001 she has been a researcher and consultant in the social development sector. She has been a board member in the Basix Livelihoods group across India, and is now the Chairperson of Sathi. More About Author

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