ICPS

 

 Integrated Child Protection Scheme

The  Govt. of India, Ministry of Women & Child Development has formulated a new Centrally Sponsored Scheme – “Integrated Child Protection Scheme” (ICPS) with the objective   to provide a safe and secure environment  to the children in the country who are in need of care and protection as well as children in conflict with law. The intervention includes, inter-alia, financial support for setting up and / or maintenance of Homes for children in need of care and protection and those in conflict with law, setting up of child protection structure – state child protection society, capacity building, advocacy etc.

1 Specific Objectives:

a)       To institutionalize essential services and strengthen structures.

b)       To enhance capacities at all levels.

c)       To create database and knowledge base for child protection services.

d)       To strengthen child protection at family and community level.

e)       To ensure appropriate inter-sectoral response at all levels.

f)        To raise public awareness. 

2. Guiding Principles:

a)         Child protection, a primary responsibility of family, supported by community,  government and civil    society.

b)       Loving and caring family, the best place for the child.

c)         Privacy and Confidentiality.

d)       Non-stigmatization and non-discrimination.

e)         Prevention and reduction of vulnerabilities, central to child protection outcomes.

f)         Institutionalization of children, the last resort.

g)         Child centered planning and implementation.

h)        Technical excellence, code of conduct

i)         Flexible programming, responding to local individualized needs.

j)         Good governance, accountability and responsibility

3. Approaches:

a)       Prevention

b)       Promotion of Family-based Care.

c)       Financing

d)       Integrated service provision – range of services.

e)       Continuum of services – a feasible care plan for each child.

f)        Community based service delivery

g)       Decentralization and flexibility to focus on local needs.

h)       Partnership Building and Community Empowerment

i)        Quality care, standards for care and protection

j)        Building Capacities

k)       Monitoring and Evaluation

4. Target Groups:

a)       Child in need of care & protection

b)       Child in conflict with law

c)       Child in contact with law

 5. Government – Civil Society Partnership:

a)       Government

b)       Civil Society Organizations & individuals

i)       Voluntary sector

 ii)     Research and training institutions.

iii)     Media and advocacy groups

iv)     Corporate sector

c)       Community groups and local leaders, volunteers, youth groups, families and children.

 6.  The ICPS has been planned to be implemented during the 11th Plan period through the State Governments / U.T. Administration. The implementation schedule is mainly to be based on the provisions of the Juvenile Justice  (Care & Protection of Children) Act, 2000, its Amentment Act 2006 and the Rules framed there under. Under the ICPS, the following are to be set up for service delivery structures :-

i)  State Project Support Unit: - to ensure effective implementation of ICPS in the state who will report directly to central support unit. It will functions only during the initial implementation of the scheme.

ii) Junvenile Justice Boards in every District.

iii) Child Welfare Committee (CWCs) in every District

iv) Juvenile Police Units (SJPUs) in every District

v) Designate Child Welfare Officer in each Police Station.

vi) State Child Protection Society.

vii) District Child Protection Society.

viii) State Adoption Resource Agency

7. For Care, Support & Rehabilitation Services.

a) Emergency outreach services through childline

b) Open shelters for children in need in urban and semi urban areas.

c) Family based – non-institutional care – adoption, sponsorship, foster care.

d) Cradle baby reception centres.

e) After care

f) Institutional services - Observation Homes, Children Homes, Shelter Homes.

g General grant-in-aid - SCPS will have general grant-in-aid.

8. Statutory support services :

Financial support will be given to the state Govts. for setting up of :-

a) Child Welfare Committee

b) Juvenile Justice Board

c) State Juvenile Police Uni

9.Other Activities :

a) Training and capacity Building.

i)  Training of functioneries.

ii) Research & documentation to be entrusted to NIPCCD, SCPS, & DCPS,  for all stakeholders.

b)  Advocacy, Public Education and Communication  - to change mind sets  at all levels – entrusted with state  Child Protection Unit, State Adoption Resources Agency and District Child Protection Unit, Financial support                       will be given.

c) Research and Documentdation

d) Evaluation of Implementation of ICPS

e) Child tracking  system – set up Child Protection Management  Information System and website for  missing children.

f)  Monitoring – to be carried out at National, State and District Level.

10. Implementation Schedule

MoU between the Central Government and the State Government was signed on 30th April 2012, and fund has been released by both the Central and the State Governments. Staff for various officers under ICPS has been recruited. State Child Protection Society, State Project support Unit and 8 District Child Protection Units have been established and are functioning effectively.

 11.Expected Outcomes of ICPS : 

As India moves towards becoming the youngest population in the world by 202, the Integrated Child Protection Scheme is an attempt by the Ministry of Women and Child Development to ensure that ALL children get the opportunity to grow to their full potential in a safe enabling environment. Once put in place we expect that the scheme would result in :

•                  Reduced vulnerabilities of children

•                  Better child protection services

•                  Increased availability and accessibility of a variety of children protection       services

•                  Less children in need of care and protection

•                  Increase in the protection of children in family based non-institutional  care services including adoption

•                  Better quality care for children in institutional care

•                  Increase in the protection of children / young people leaving institutional     care who are self sufficient and gainfully engaged in predictive activity.

•                  Information /knowledge base of children and families at risk.

State Adoption  Advisory Committee :

In order to promote, implement, supervise and monitor the family based non-institutional programmes including sponsorship, foster care in-country and inter-country adoption at State level, a State Adoption Advisory Committee shall be constituted at every State/UT. The Adoption Advisory Committee will meet quarterly to discuss child welfare measures and ways and means to promote in-country adoption of children. Minutes of every meeting shall be sent to CARA. The tenure of such committee will be three years.

Juvenile Justice Board

 

Under this Act one Juvenile Justice Board is constituted for the state of Mizoram to exercise powers and discharge the duties conferred or imposed on such Boards in relation to Juveniles in conflict with law under this Act. It consists of a Judicial Magistrate of the first class and two Social Workers. The Bench has the powers conferred by the code of criminal procedure, 1973 (2 of 1974). The Board has power to deal exclusively with all proceedings under this Act relating to juvenile in conflict with law. the powers conferred on the Board by or under this Act may also be exercised by the proceeding comes before them in appeal, revision or other wise.

The present members of the Juvenile Justice Board for Aizawl Dist.are :-
1) Vanlalchami,Judical Megistrate 1st Class.
2) Dr.Ringluaia Durtlang.
3) V.Vanlalruati,Lecturere,DIET

The present members of the Juvenile Justice Board for Lunglei Dist.are :-
1) M.Lallianmawii 1st Class Magistrate,Lunglei
2) Zosangi, MHIP sub-Hqrs. Lunglei
3) C.Zairemthanga, Lecturer,govt. college,Lunglei.

Inspection Committee for Lunglei/Lawngtlai/Saiha District:-
1) Lalramnghaka MCS,SDO(S) Lunglei
2) Dr.VLMS Dawngliana,Civil Hospital,Lunglei
3) Capt. Lalbiaktlaunga, The Salvation Army
4) P.C.Vanlalruati,Lunglei
5) District Social Welfare Officer,Lunglei : Convener/Secretary.

Juvenile Justice Act

Functions and Duties :-The duties and functions of the office of the Juvenile Justice Act is to see that Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of children) Act 2000 and Mizoram Juvenile Justice (Care and protection) Rules, 2003 are properly implemented and to carry out the activities of the decisions of the various Boards and committees constituted under JJ Act.

 

Bal Bhavan

The  Bal Bhavan in Mizoram is  inaugurated by His Excellency the Governor of Mizoram, Lt.Gen.(Rtd) M.M.Lakhera on the 21st March 2009 at Khatla YMA Office where the Bal Bhavan is accommodated  The National Bal Bhavan released Rs.10.00 lac for the establishment of Bal Bhavan in Mizoram. Social Welfare Department is the Nodal Department and the State Level Bal Bhavan Committee has also been constituted under the chairmanship of Secretary, Social Welfare Department. Bal Bhavan Society of Mizoram is the executing agency of the project, Bal Bhavan.

Bal Bhavan.Mizoram is affiliated to National Bal Bhavan, New Delhi.

The present activities at the initial stage are :-

1. SCIENCE ACTIVITIES:-
1) Computer (10yrs-16yrs)

2. LIBRARY ACTIVITIES (5 yrs -16 yrs)

3. CREATIVE ARTS:-
1) Painting & Clay works etc. (5 yrs -16 yrs )
2) Handicraft (12 yrs -16 yrs)

4. PERFORMING ARTS :-
1) Instrumental Music – Guitar & Keyboard (10 yrs -16 yrs)
2) Falk Dance& Songs (5 yrs -16 yrs)
5) Dramatics (5 yrs -16 yrs )

To join Bal Bhavan the children have to registered themselves in the Bal Bhavan. Bal Bhavan is for the members only. For details contact : A.Vanlalzawni, Dy.Director, Social Welfare Deptt. Phone: 0389-2340866.  

Adoption

Adoption Cell has been set up to coordinate, regulate and monitor the works of adoption and to render all assistance to the advisory Board on adoption. Programme Officer (Dist. ICDS) is to function as Nodal Officer.

             To cater to the problems of orphans and destitute children in Mizoram in a child centric way and with the guidance of Centre Adoption Recourse Agency, the Social Welfare Department sponsor a Home under Friends of Society as an Adoption Agency for the purpose of child welfare under the scheme of Shishu Grech. This Home was run from 1st October, 2004 with the grant received for CARA at Chaltlang near Directorate Office of Social Welfare Department.

               Mizoram State Council for Child Welfare Aizawl is  Scrutinizing Agency for in-country and Inter- country Adoption.

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