The Navajeevan Child policy has been framed to ensure the care and protection of children at risk (a
child being all individuals below the age of 18 years). The categories of young people who form the
target population of Navajeevan Bala Bhavan are: street children, child laborers, abandoned orphans,
children in conflict with law, children with disabilities, run away children, working children, children
from dysfunctional families, institutionalized children, young substance abusers, children in sex trade
and children affected by HIV/AIDS, children dropping out of education, children in danger of getting
trafficked, children of migrants, and all children who are found in any other situation of very serious
The Child Policy reflects a paradigm shift from a welfare and need based approach to an approach of
equal rights and justice for all. It outlines the way in which the Navajeevan Bala Bhavan aims to hear
the voices of children as participants in the agenda for their future. It positions itself as a platform to
protect, support and empower children both in their individual situations and in the society as a whole.
The frame work for such an effort would be, ‘Every child matters”, irrespective of religion, caste, sex,
place of birth and any other factor of identity or ability.