Kannur: State departments mooting a special continuous guidance scheme, 'Kaaval', for juvenile delinquents to keep them off from slipping into more crimes. The program has started its pilot run at Thiruvananthapuram, Palakkad and Kozhikode. Kaaval will be implemented with the technical support of NIMHANS, involving NGOs working in child issues for at least for the last two years.

In a study by the Department of Social Justice, it was found that juvenile delinquents repeatedly return to crime. By May, the program will be extended to Kannur, Ernakulam, Malappuram, Pathanamthitta, Thrissur and Kottayam.

The program moots the appointment of one or two observers in a taluk who will keep the children under their direct watch. They will consult the counsellors to know about the problems and backgrounds of the children and collect information on the child's immediate background and social interaction. Deaddiction programs and skill building will be conducted as and when required. Training will be imparted to parents to assimilate these children into the society more effectively.

As on December 2016, there were 3118 cases registered against children. Of this 90 percent of the children have been sent home after the juvenile justice board granted them bail. Just around 30 children are living in the observation homes.

Majority of the erring children are from poor backgrounds lacking familial and social security.  NGOs, police and child protection unit will be trained in the technical aspects of the program by NIMHANS.