Arpan is a registered non-governmental organisation based in Mumbai working on the issue of child sexual abuse with a team of dedicated and skilled professionals since the year 2006. Arpan has reached over 71,000 children and over 89,000 adults directly and over 460,000 individuals indirectly since its inception.
Arpan is currently working in Mumbai and Thane in Maharashtra with a child-centric model of intervention in the area of child sexual abuse with a balanced emphasis on prevention and healing components. While the focus is on children, Arpan also understands the need for reaching out to adult survivors of child sexual abuse in order to support them in an adequate manner and prevent any further re-victimization as well as enable them to heal from the impact of child sexual abuse.
Arpan empowers children, teachers, parents, non-governmental organisation professionals and other caregivers in multiple settings with knowledge, skills and attitudes to prevent instances of child sexual abuse and provide adequate support to children who have been victims. Along with empowering relevant stakeholders, Arpan also offers psychotherapeutic support through trained, qualified therapists to children and adult survivors of sexual abuse and their families. With a focused approach, to deal with the complex multifaceted reality and the ambiguous terrain of child sexual abuse, Arpan has evolved into being one of the key players in the sector of child protection. Arpan is working towards evolving into a national level resource agency on child sexual abuse which will be able to reach out to millions of children and other stakeholders in India through its direct work as well as through its partnerships and capacity building activities with like-minded organizations and individuals.