CHAPTER 1

INTRODUCTION

We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone
today.” —Stacia Tauscher

Every child has the inherent potential to grow up and achieve his or her full potential and contribute positively towards the growth of nation and society. The Constitution of India grants children the highest priority for their protection and well being. The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 adopted by Government of India takes a holistic approach towards protecting the rights of the children by providing for proper care, protection, development, treatment and social re-integration of children in difficult circumstances by adopting a child-friendly approach.

Children are born innocent; however, due to multiple factors, many children adopt behaviors which are defined as delinquent and sometimes EeiLg1JiLI1coQLI Ft1QiIO1lFw”. 1 OLse1behaviours range from emotional outburst, petty thefts, substance abuse, violent or aggressive behavior to more serious types of crimes. These behaviors are often learned early in life. However, parents, family members, and others who care for children can help them learn to deal with emotions without using violence. Studies show that children internalize norms of society through strong bonds with parents and others, which protect against delinquent impulses. According to a study by World Health Organization (2009)2, it is possible to prevent aggression, substance abuse and other delinquent behavior in children by fostering social skills such as anger management, moral development, empathy, developing and maintaining healthy relationships, problem-solving and conflict resolution.

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