The Child Protection policy is a concrete expression of our wholehearted commitment to the welfare, protection and empowerment of the children in our care. The Management and staff of Don Bosco School, Alaknanda – New Delhi are committed to the protection of children and young people from all forms of abuse. 

The New Year in Don Bosco School, Alaknanda begins with a seminar conducted by our Principal Fr. Babu Varghese that drew our attention to the importance of understanding the need for child protection and the different kinds of Child Abuse that exists within our society. The Principal began with lucid and varied examples of Child Abuse as he dwelt on the scale, the violation of human rights and the different terms that are used in this imminent threat that exists as the rot in society today.


While he dealt with the different kinds of abuse - including neglect, emotional abuse, physical abuse and sexual abuse, he zeroed in on the code of conduct expected as well as the forms of advances by perpetrators. It was amply clear that there was an urgent requirement for recording all forms of child abuse and not delaying action, as well as creating awareness amongst children about different kinds of child abuse.

The seminar ended with the understanding and commitment of all the Staff members towards the Don Bosco Child Protection Policy 2013 which states that we all share a responsibility and a sense of duty in “caring for the needs of the young and helping them to reach their potential so that they may enjoy life in its fullness.” Fr. Babu referred to the Don Bosco Policy and reiterated that ultimately “caring and protecting children in our care is not just a responsibility, it is a priority and a concrete expression of our wholehearted commitment to the welfare, protection and empowerment of the children in our care.”

Ms. Uma Nair


The in-service training for teachers on the very relevant topic of Child Protection , was held from 8:30 A.M to 1:30 P.M at Don Bosco School, Alaknanda on 9th January, 2014. The training was conducted by our Rector and Principal Fr. Babu Varghese. The Seminar began with a prayer song which touched a chord with us and set the scene for the staff of DBA to assimilate the different facets of the burning issue at stake for any educational institution - Protection of every child studying in the school  and creation of a safe environment conducive to learning for all  students.

To make the teachers’ cognizant of problems endemic to schools across Delhi, the day’s proceedings were initiated through the sharing of some incidents related to students and teachers – shocking and an eye-opener for the staff present. In the cases that were related, the students had exercised their freedom and ended up in situations where their actions were wrong and potentially harmful for society. The victims of the crime in many cases were drawn perforce into the whirlpool of circumstances created by the perpetrators of the crime and were helpless with no available recourse for settlement of the problem.  

Issues such as verbal bullying translating into physical abuse, abusive language being used leading to cases of mental tension amongst students and creating the vortex of anger and violence, sexual abuse, indiscipline in class, stealing, etc. sustained over a period of time, affected the academic performance of the victims and changed the perpetrators of crime into habitual offenders with an absolute disregard for authority and an Achilles heel for society.
To address the issues on hand, first and foremost, the current State laws regarding Child Protection and the Don Bosco Child Protection Policy 2013 were read out by Fr. Babu Varghese. The implications of the laws, the need for increased vigilance by teachers, the setting up of a formal organizational structure within the school for the redressal of grievances and limiting the creation of circumstances leading to child abuse were discussed.

Subsequently, the role of the teachers and staff within the ambit of the duty of care - inherent in the duties being performed by them in schools - in facilitating an environment conducive to learning for children, was highlighted. In this context, the need for an organizational structure to circumvent problems of child abuse through increased vigilance and monitoring in the school campus was emphasized. It was also felt that the teachers should be attuned to the behavioural dynamics, being played out by the students in the different areas of their interaction in school and within the framework of the rules and regulations of the school, necessary action to prevent problems of child abuse should be initiated by them.

Further, more than ever before, the relevance of Don Bosco’s system of education  -  the Preventive System based on Reason, Religion and Kindness -  was understood. As was explained by Don Bosco, “True Education should ultimately emphasise on the development of students into useful citizens, a person who could take his place in an efficient and competent manner at his employment and at the same time be responsible to and for others in socially useful work. Such an effective citizen would have as his lifeline the need to “know, love and serve God” and develop from this lifeline, his relationship with others based on the ideals of reasonableness, charity and kindness.”

Ultimately, following the principles laid down by Don Bosco on education could succeed only if all the stakeholders involved in the process of education in DBA believed in and practised it for the betterment of the child.

The training programme ended on this positive note and envisaged a safe and healthy future for the students through the implementation of the child protection policy, as laid down by the school management.

Ms. Vimal M. Titus