ICPS, the Ministry of Women and Child Development envisages to carve out a broad
and comprehensive framework for child protection in the Eleventh Plan and to set
the foundation for creating a strong protective environment for children. Every
child of India has the right to be cared for by a loving and nurturing family, to
live with dignity, and to be protected from separation from her family, violence,
abuse, neglect and exploitation.
Mapping needs and services for children and families at risk.
Preparing child protection plans at district and state levels; the plan would be
gradually extended to block and community levels.
Strengthening service delivery mechanisms and programmes including preventive, statutory,
care and rehabilitation services.
Improving access to and quality of services provided.
Promoting and strengthening non-institutional family based care options for children
deprived of parental care, including sponsorship to vulnerable families, kinship-care,
in-country adoption, foster care and inter-country adoption, in order of preference.
Developing capacity of service providers.
Strengthening knowledge base, awareness and advocacy.
Establishing an integrated, live, web based data base (on children in difficult
circumstance, children in care, service providers and services provided), for evidence
based monitoring and evaluation and service planning decision making.
Monitoring and evaluation.
Building partnerships and alliances for child protection at all levels, particularly
at the grass root community and district levels.
Strengthening linkages with other bodies and institutions such as the National/State
Human Rights Commissions and National/State Commissions for Protection of Rights
of the Child, etc.
The DCPU shall coordinate and implement all child rights and protection activities
at district level. Specific functions of the DCPU shall be to:
Contribute to effective implementation of child protection legislations, schemes
and achievement of child protection goals laid out in the National Plan of Action
for Children. In doing so, the DCPU will follow national and state priorities, rules
Ensure that for each child in need of care there is an individual care plan and
that the plan is regularly reviewed. Monitor the implementation of the plan.
Identify families at risk and children in need of care and protection through effective
networking and linkages with the ICDS functionaries, Specialized Adoption Agencies
(SAA), NGOs dealing with child protection issues and local bodies, viz. PRIs and
Urban Local Bodies, etc.;
Assess the number of children in difficult circumstances and create district specific
databases to monitor trends and patterns of children in difficult circumstances;
Map all child related service providers and services at district for creating a
Identify and support credible voluntary organizations to implement programme components
of the ICPS;
Support implementation of family based non-institutional services including sponsorship,
foster care, adoption and after care;
Ensure effective implementation of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of
Children) Act, 2000 and its Amendment Act, 2006 at district/city levels by supporting
creation of adequate infrastructure, viz. setting up JJBs, CWCs, SJPUs in each districts
and homes in a cluster of districts as required;
Ensure setting up of District, Block and Village level Child Protection Committees
for effective implementation of programs, as well as discharge of its functions;
Facilitate transfer of children at all levels for either restoration to their families
or placing the child in long or short-term rehabilitation through sponsorship, kinship
care, in country adoption, foster care, inter-country adoption and placement in
Facilitate effective implementation of other legislations for child protection in
the district, viz. Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act (HAMA) 1956; Guardians and
Wards Act (GAWA) 1890; Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act 1986; The Prohibition
of Child Marriage Act, 2006 and Immoral Traffic Prevention Act 1986, Pre-Conception
and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act 1994, Protection
of children from Sexual Offence Act,2012, CPCRC Act,2005 etc. and any other Act
that comes into force for protecting child rights;
Network and coordinate with all government departments to build inter-sectoral linkages
on child protection issues, including Departments of Health, Education, Social Welfare,
Urban Basic Services, Backward Classes & Minorities, Youth Services, Police, Judiciary,
Labour, State AIDS Control Society, among others;
Network and coordinate with voluntary and civil society organizations working in
the field of child rights and protection;
Develop parameters and tools for effective monitoring and supervision of ICPS in
Supervise and monitor all institutions/agencies providing residential facilities
to children in district;
Train and build capacity of all personnel (Government and Non-government) working
under child protection system to provide effective services to children;
Encourage voluntary youth participation in child protection programs at district,
block and community levels;
Organize quarterly meeting with all stakeholders at district level including CHILDLINE
Services, SAA, superintendents of homes, NGOs and members of public to review the
progress and achievement of child protection activities;
Liaison with the SCPS, SARA and DCPUs of other districts;
Provide secretarial support to the DCPC;
Maintain a database of all children in institutional care and non-institutional
care at the district level. This Data Management System will ultimately be uploaded
onto a comprehensive, integrated, live database for children in care and in need
of care in the country- the ‘Track Child’.