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December 18, 2012 : India: a look at how States implemented intervention strategies for children

From The Hindu, 13 December 2012

A flagship programme of the central government, Integrated Child Protection Scheme, is supposed to provide financial assistance for setting up of and maintenance of various types of homes, specialised adoption agencies and open shelters in urban and semi-urban areas, including metro cities, for rehabilitation and social integration of children in difficult circumstances.

Latest data shows that 23 states have faltered in reporting the latest status of the implementation of the programme under the ministry of women and child development, which was devised for providing a safe and secure environment to such children and was being run through a government-civil society partnership.

To improve the implementation of the scheme, put in place since 2009, the Ministry plans to set up a child protection data management system to formulate and implement effective intervention strategies and monitor their outcomes, according to government sources. Regular evaluation of the programmes and structures would be conducted and course correction would be undertaken. Under ICPS, the homes, specialised adoption agencies and open shelters aim to provide shelter, food, medical care, counselling, education, vocational training, recreational facilities etc., as well as opportunities for family based non-institutional care through adoption, sponsorship and foster-care, as appropriate for the child.

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