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Integrated Child Preotection Scheme(ICPS)
Integrated Child Protection Scheme is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme designed to contribute to the realization of Government/ State responsibility for creating a system that will efficiently and effectively protect children. It is based on the cardinal principles of "protection of child rights" and "best interest of the child". Hence, 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 sought to be achieved by
  • Improved access to and quality of child protection services
  • Raised public awareness about the reality of child rights, situation and protection in India
  • Clearly articulated responsibilities and enforced accountability for child protection
  • Established and functioning structures at all government levels for delivery of statutory and support services to children in difficult circumstances
  • Introduced and operational evidence based monitoring and evaluation
The ICPS focuses its activities on children in need of care and protection and children in conflict and contact with the law
a) Child in need of care & protection means a child who
  • is found without any home or settled place or abode and without and ostensible means of subsistence
  • resides with a person (whether a guardian of the child or not) and such person has threatened to kill or injure the child and there is a reasonable likelihood of the threat being carried out, or has killed, abused or neglected some other child or children and there is a reasonable likelihood of the child in question being killed, abused or neglected by that person
  • is a mentally or physically challenged or ill child or a child suffering from terminal diseases or incurable diseases, and/ or having no one to support or look after him/her
  • has a parent or guardian and such parent or guardian is unfit or incapacitated to care for or supervise the child
  • does not have a parent/parents and no one is willing to take care of him/her, or whose parents have abandoned him/her or who is a missing and /or runaway child and whose parents cannot be found after reasonable inquiry
  • is being or is likely to be grossly abused, tortured or exploited for the purpose of sexual abuse or illegal acts
  • is found vulnerable and is likely to be inducted into drug abuse or trafficking
  • is found or is likely to be abused for unconscionable gains
  • is victim of any armed conflict, civil commotion or natural calamity
b) Child conflict with law is one who is alleged to have committed an offence
c) Child contact with law is one who has come in contact with the law either as victim or as a witness or due to any circumstance
ICPS is implemented through the following services
  • Emergency services through "Child line"
  • Open shelter for children in urban and semi-urban areas
  • Non-institutional care of sponsorship, foster-care, adoption and after-care
  • Institutional services in the form of shelter homes, children homes, observation homes, special homes and specialized services for children with special needs
To implement ICPS the District Child Protection Units have been set up in all districts in the State
As per the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2006, Child Welfare Committees (CWCs), Juvenile Justice Boards (JJBs), Special juvenile police units (SJPUs) and Inspection Committees have been constituted in all districts of the state
Homes
CHILDREN HOME FOR BOYS (6) are located at Hyderabad, Warangal, Tirupathi, Kadapa, Visakapatnam, and Eluru for taking care of the Children in need of care & protection as per orders of the Child Welfare Committees
OBSERVATION HOMES (9) are located at Hyderabad, Warnagal, Nizamabad, Vijayawada, Rajahmundry, Visakapatnam, Kurnool, Tirupathi and Ananthapur for juveniles in conflict with law during pendency of cases against them before Juvenile Justice Boards
SPECIAL HOMES FOR BOYS (3) are located at Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, & Tirupathi for juveniles in conflict with Law after completion of cases against them by the Juvenile Justice Boards.
SPECIAL-CUM-CHILDREN HOME& OBSERVATION HOME FOR GIRLS (3) are located at Hyderabad, Visakapatnam, & Tirupathi for Girl Juveniles during pendency of cases against them before Juvenile Justice Boards and also for taking care of the Girl Children in need of Care & Protection as per orders of the Child Welfare Committees
AFTER CARE HOME (1) is functioning at Hyderabad for taking care & giving guidance for the rehabilitation of juveniles/children after they leave Special / Children home for enabling them to lead a honest industrious and useful life.
PROBATION SERVICES
The District Probation Officers Gr-I (1st level Gazetted) and the Dist Probation Officers, Gr-II (non gazetted),with quasi-judicial functions, implement the Probation of offenders Act, 1958. Their work is supervised by 8 Regional Inspectors of Probation at Hyderabad (District & Rural), Warangal, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Nellore, Anantapur & Tirupathi. The Probation work is reviewed & monitored by Chief Probation Superintendent with the assistance of Asst. Chief Probation Superintendent