Personal touch helped to reconnect and restoration
CHILDLINE team received a call that the Railway Protection Force (RPF) had found an unattended child on the railway station. The team immediately reached the RPF office to meet the child. This 9-year old boy was not willingly providing any information. A CHILDLINE team member tried to get the child to open up and even offered him food. But even two hours later the child proved very reluctant to share any information. The efforts continued with the RPF officer joining in. After some friendly talk, the child finally shared his home address and expressed his wish to return home. CHILDLINE team member along with the RPF handed over the child to his parents. On reaching the child’s home, they found his distraught mother weeping and other family members still searching. After a brief interaction, the mother informed the CHILDLINE team member and the RPF that the child had runaway twice before. The child was returned to the mother after verification of documents by the RPF. The CHILDLINE team member informed the mother to take the child for counselling sessions. After weeks of follow up, the child was found to be responding positively to the sessions and regularly going to school.
(*Name and details changed to protect the child)