APSA has assisted in conceptual and advocacy processes along with the Centre for Child and the Law (CCL, part of the National Law School of India University – NLSIU) in setting up Special Juvenile Police Units in collaboration with the Dept. of Women and Child Development and the Dept. of Police. The SJPU or Special Juvenile Police Unit was realized in October 2009 by the Department of the Deputy Commissioner of Police under the Juvenile Justice Act, 2000. The Act calls for designation of atleast 2 Child Welfare Officers (CWOs) in each police station to assist children in addressing issues of abuse and violence. The SJPU comprises the Director General and Additional Director General of Police, the Superintendent of Police, the Deputy Commissioner and Additional Commissioner of Police (zone-wise), designated CWOs and a social worker from a reputed NGO. Bangalore has 7 SJPUs in total and APSA has placed two of its social workers to work with the South-East and Central zone SJPUs.
APSA’s social workers undertake the following responsibilities in their respective SJPUs:
The APSA-SJPU social workers handle more than 700 cases annually of children in distress, both serious and non-serious cases. Awareness programs are conducted in various places such as schools, colleges, day-care centres, police stations, hospitals, government offices and other NGO on various topics including health and hygiene, adolescence, child care, child abuse, child marriage, missing children, children in conflict with the law, protection of child rights, prevention of crimes against children and information on the functioning of the Juvenile Justice Board, Child Welfare Committee and the Domestic Violence Act of 2005.