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Illustrative Cases

Here are a few 'real life' cases that need intervention. So, let us see how we can intervene in different families and help them, using the various methods explained in the previous chapter.

Case I: In this family both parents are casual labourers. They have four children. Their age ranges from 9 years to 1  years. The eldest child is a daughter. As both parents are working, she looks after the house and younger children. She does not go to school and has not even attended Anganwadi centre. There is abject poverty and the family is rated as disorganised. The children are unclean and look adequately nourished and are immunized. They attend the Anganwadi centre quite regularly. the father's sister lives nearby and helps the girl whenever necessary. She has taken interest to send the two children to the Anganwadi centre and sees that they attend regularly.

Risk Factors

  1. Abject poverty

  2. Disorganized, Unclean home/unclean children.

  3. Child neglect/Indifferent parents.


  1. Regular attendance to Anganwadi Centre.

  2. Children immunized/adequately nourished.

  3. Father's sister helping out.

  4. The eldest daughter looking after the home.

Entry Point: As the parents were not available, the girl was talked to about the work at home, how she manages and so on. She was appreciated for looking after the house and children so well. As she seems to be a clear resource in the family, she was used as an entry point to the family.

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