The Constitution, promulgated in 1950, encompasses most rights included in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles of State Policy. Over the years, many individuals and public interest groups have approached the apex court for restitution of fundamental rights, including child rights. The Directive Principles of State Policy articulate social and economic rights that have been declared to be “fundamental in the governance of the country and … the duty of the state to apply … in making laws” (Article 37). J&K presents a gloomy picture of children in matters of their rights, protection and concerns over the past few decades, with many children continuing to bear the brunt of civil strife and militancy in the state. Thus, child protection and child rights are a major focus area of our work for the last 20 years. NDF works to reduce their vulnerability to any harm and protecting them from any of harmful situation. NDF has become the first organization in the state to facilitate the constitution of District Child Protection Committee under the chairmanship of District Magistrate / Deputy Commissioner, in the district of Rajouri. It has worked on community-based rehabilitation of children by formulating Child Protection Communities (CPCs) at the village level; these CPC’s have been supported with seed money and trained on child protection and other child rights issues by NDF staff. Similarly, to project issues of these CPCS’s at block and district level, block and district child protection committees have also been formed to provide an umbrella network to strengthen our outreach.

NDF is also advocating with the state government to make the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) fully functional to create a protective environment for children by bringing about an improvement and expansion of services for children in need of care and protection as well as those in conflict with law.
We are committed to:
Some of our work in Child Protection includes:
Support orphan children, and orphanages to provide them basic amenities required for children to grow. Impart trainings to caregivers and guardians on child protection and other rights of the children
Impart life skill trainings to children so that they can protect themselves through use of knowledge of their protection rights and ways of avoiding and responding to risks.
Facilitate meetings of District Child Protection Committees (DCPCs), Block Child Protection Committees (BCPCs) and Village Child Protection Committees and organize their interface to respond local child protection issues and develop strategies for prevention and reporting.
Run safe child friendly spaces wherever needed to keep children away from psychosocial stress and to protect them from exploitation and abuse without any discrimination.
Running 1098, 24 hours childline services in Poonch district to respond the care and protection needs of the children
Work with and for children to realize their rights to survival, protection, participation and development as enshrined in United Nations Convention on Child Rights (UNCRC) ratified by India in 1992
Support and protect the children living on actual line of control and border separating India and Pakistan by way of imparting training to them on landmine risk awareness, dos and donts at the time of firing/ shelling. Provide cash assistance to injured children for their medical treatment and link them with advanced services.
NDF remained instrumental and is a major stakeholder in developing and bringing minimum standard of care for orphanages in Jammu and Kashmir. We advocate with the Govt. for regulating and monitoring the functioning of the orphanages run by the Governmental and Non-Governmental agencies.