Through an outreach program, the scheme would identify and support vulnerable families. Trained district level functionaries through effective networking and linkages with the Village and Block Level Child Protection Committees, ICDS functionaries, NGOs and local bodies would ensure convergence of services. Community capacities for protection and monitoring shall be strengthened and child protection concerns and safeguards shall be integrated in all sectors.
The scheme would pursue a conscious shift to family-based care including sponsorship, kinship care, foster care and adoption. 10 Periodic review of children in institutional care for restoration to families would also be undertaken.
As under any Centrally Sponsored scheme financial assistance from the Central Government under ICPS will be disbursed to the State Government/ UT Administration. The Central Government shall provide a predetermined percentage of the budgeted cost. The State/UT shall in turn provide grant-in-aid to voluntary organizations under the different components of the Scheme.
Through an interface with various sectors, including health, education, judiciary, police, and labour, among others, the scheme would strive to integrate service provision into a range of existing services to cater to the multiple needs of children in difficult circumstances.
The services under the scheme will be provided on the basis of an individual care plan, established through professional assessment. The care plan must be periodically reviewed and accordingly adjusted. Adequate services should be available as long as the child is in need of care, including follow up. vi) Community based service delivery: The scheme would endeavour to bring services closer to vulnerable children and families for increased access. Child care services should be available at community level integrated into a range of services with strong linkages to the PRIs and local government bodies.
The scheme shall decentralize planning and implementation of child protection services at the State and District level, based on needs. The allocation of human resource shall be based on protection service requirement for quality child protection services.
A key strategy for program development and implementation would be developing close working relationships, information sharing and strategy building between government structures and civil society organizations including corporate and communities.
All protection services, whether public or privately provided, should adhere to prescribed standards pertaining to physical infrastructure and human resource requirements, as well as protocols, methodological instructions and guidelines for services and operational manuals for functioning of statutory bodies.
In order to ensure professional child protection services at all levels, the scheme would undertake regular training and capacity building of all service providers and functionaries to equip and enhance their skills, sensitivities, knowledge on child rights and standards of care and protection.
The scheme would set up a child protection data management system to formulate and implement effective intervention strategies and monitor their outcomes. Regular evaluation of the programs and structures would be conducted and course correction would be undertaken.