ICPS provides emergency outreach, family and community based care, counseling and support for a child needing protection from exploitation, abuse, abandonment and separation.
Children are exposed to sexual abuse, trafficking, child labor. Some children are orphans or abandoned in the street and exposed to begging. Some are in conflict with the law. Some are affected by HIV/AIDs, disabilities, diseases, substance abuse or even natural or man-made calamities.
ICPS is a centrally sponsored scheme wherein the Central government provides financial aid on cost-sharing basis to State governments/ UTs (75:25) and NGOs.
Juvenile Justice Boards deal with juveniles in conflict with law with help from Juvenile Police Units and Child Protection Units. Such juveniles are also provided residential care in observation, special and aftercare homes.
Childline provides a 24/7 emergency and rescue service for children in need of care and protection. It links the affected children to emergency, long-term care and rehabilitation services. Childline can be reached any time via a toll free number 1098.
Open shelters are provided for such children where they can engage in creative and productive activities, have access to healthcare and education and be protected from abuse and neglect on the streets.
The scheme provides family-based non institutional care for children through sponsorship, foster-care, adoption and aftercare.
Sponsorship and foster care offers holistic child protection and care in family setting. It enables a child to remain in the family and continue his/her education with supervision and financial assistance to families and foster homes.
The scheme has implemented Track Child portal for tracking and reporting missing children to facilitate their recovery and rehabilitation.
Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act has been implemented to provide protection to such children with friendly procedures for reporting and recording evidence, investigation and trial of such offences.