22nd September, 2018

Frequently asked questions about Integrated Child Protection Scheme

Integrated Child Protection Scheme frequently Asked Question

1. What kind of services does Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) provide?

ICPS provides emergency outreach, family and community based care, counseling and support for a child needing protection from exploitation, abuse, abandonment and separation.

2. What are some of the dangers and difficult circumstances that children are exposed to ?

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.

3. Who provides financial assistance for running the scheme?

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.

4. How does ICPS protect juveniles in conflict with law for criminal offence?

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.

5. What services are provided for children by Childline Services?

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.

6. How does ICPS address the needs of homeless, street and working children deprived of shelter and basic services in urban areas?

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.

7. How are children rehabilitated and reintegrated under the scheme?

The scheme provides family-based non institutional care for children through sponsorship, foster-care, adoption and aftercare.

8. What are the benefits of sponsorship and foster care under the scheme?

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.

9. How does the scheme combat the issue of missing children?

The scheme has implemented Track Child portal for tracking and reporting missing children to facilitate their recovery and rehabilitation.

10. How does the scheme protect children from sexual abuse?

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.