INTEGRATED CHILD PROTECTION SCHEME

Based on cardinal principles of “protection of childrights” and “best interest of the child”the ICPS objectives are: to contribute to the improvements in the well being of children in difficult circumstances, as well as to the reduction of vulnerabilities to situations and actions that lead to abuse, neglect, exploitation, abandonment and separation of children.

These are to be achieved by: (i) improved access to and quality of child protection services; (ii) raised public awareness about the reality of child rights, situation and protection in India; (iii) clearly articulated responsibilities and enforced accountability for child protection (iv) established and functioning structures at all government levels for delivery of statutory and support services to children in difficult circumstances; (v) introduced and operational evidence based monitoring and evaluation.

About Scheme

The Ministry of Women and Child Development introduced the Integrated Child Protection Scheme in financial year 2009-2010. The State Government has started implementing the centrally sponsored Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) w.e.f. 1st April, 2010. Earlier this subject was being handled by Social Justice & Empowerment Department. Consequent to the introduction of Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) by GOI, the infrastructure and staff was transferred to this Department in Sept. 2009, which is an umbrella scheme under which various schemes for children in need of care and protection, and children in conflict with law are covered. The programme is being implementing through Haryana State Child Protection Society (HSCPS) which was registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 on 10.09.2010. There are also State Project Support Unit (SPSU) and State Adoption Resource Agency (SARA) at State Level. At the district level the District Child Protection Society (DCPS) and District Child Protection Committee under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner has been constituted. The children in need of care and protection are being provided institutional as well as non institutional care under the scheme. For providing non institutional care State Adoption Resource Agency (SARA) has been set up under which the Specialized Adoption Agencies in each district will be set up.