First let’s understand what a child is, a child is a human being and a human being is formed by a soul who possesses a material body, mind, and intelligence. As Srila Prabhupada explains in the Bhagavad Gita, verse 2.20
“The soul does not at any time become old, as the body does. The so-called old man, therefore, feels himself to be in the same spirit as in his childhood or youth. The changes of the body do not affect the soul. The soul does not deteriorate like a tree, nor anything material. The soul has no by-product either. The by-products of the body, namely children, are also different individual souls; and, owing to the body, they appear as children of a particular man. The body develops because of the soul’s presence,…”
So a wholistic Child Protection would target the soul, intelligence, mind, and body. Of course, If we had to set a scale of values we would say that the most important is the soul as the intelligence the mind and the body are coverings of the soul.
What is real protection according to Srila Prabhupada?
“Nobody will be able to give us protection. If real protection is wanted, he will have to take the protection of Krsna. That is the instruction of Bhagavad-gita, sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja [Bg. 18.66]. You rascal, you are thinking that so many things will give you protection. That will not be possible. You will be finished, and your so-called protector, and friends, and soldiers, they will be finished. You don’t depend on them. Sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam… [Bg. 18.66], you just surrender unto Me, I’ll give you protection, aham tvam sarva-papebhyo moksayisyami ma sucah. This is real protection.” Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.15.1 — November 29, 1973, New York
So real child protection is to teach a child to be Krishna conscious. And how we inspire a child to be Krishna conscious?
Srila Prabhupada answer that in a letter to Satyabhama
“Your idea to start a nursery school in New Vrindaban is a very good proposal and you may immediately try for it by cooperatively consulting amongst yourselves how to do it. But one thing, we are teaching Bhakti by practical attendance and by decreasing playing desire or drive. If the children simply do as their elders are doing, that is, regularly attending mangal arati, rising early, chanting, eating prasadam, looking at books, worshiping the __ like that, then automatically they will become trained up in right way and there is no need for a special program for education. Children will always do as they see others doing, so if by the good association of their parents and the other older persons, they will come out nicely fixed in Krishna Consciousness,….” Letter to: Satyabhama — Mayapur 28 February 1972
So in this way first class Child protection is by the example and mainly those responsible for protecting children, they should be exemplary in their Krishna Consciousness practices. And what time Krishna consciousness begins? And what are these practices?
“Upon your recommendation, I am initiating the following disciples. You must see that they strictly follow the regulative principles, the four prohibitions as well as the devotional practices of rising early, taking morning bath, putting on tilaka, attending mangal artik, chanting japa sixteen rounds, and attending Srimad-Bhagavatam class. This is the duty of all my initiated disciples, whether they are big or small. Everyone is a devotee. So everyone is expected to follow the devotional practices.”
Letter to Sriman Gopijanavallabha dasa on September 19, 1974
Ys Yajna Murti das