The Ministry of Women and Child Development, (MWCD) extends its commitment of the XI plan for creating a solid foundation for a protective environment for 40 per cent of India’s vulnerable children who are experiencing difficult circumstances, by continuing the Centrally Sponsored Scheme – the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) in XII plan. The Scheme, since its launch in 2009, in partnership with the State Governments/UT Administrations, has strengthened prevention of child rights violation; enhanced infrastructure for protection services; provided financial support for implementation of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000; increased access to a wider range and better quality of services; increased investment in child protection and is continuously drawing focus on the right of children to be safe.
The commission shall also inspect or cause to be inspected any Child Care Institution and recommend necessary remedial action. The Commission will also enquire into complaints regarding deprivation and violation of Child Rights, non implementation and non compliance of laws and policies directed towards protection and development of children in the State of West Bengal.
Background of ICPS in West Bengal
Mou signed between MWCD and Government of West Bengal on: 11th December, 2009.
Notification of SCPS, DCPU, SARA was done in 2010.
Registration of SCPS was done in 2010.
DCPU was formed in 19 districts in 2010 (The 20th district, Alipurduar, was formed in November, 2014)
SJPU was formed in 19 districts in 2010.
Childline became functional in 19 districts since 2013
Activities and achievements of SCPS
Aftercare services for reintegration of young adults (18-21 years) have been initiated.
Foster Care Guidelines have been circulated in the districts.
Co –ordination meetings have been organized in clusters with DCPU, CWC, JJB, SJPU and DLSA.
Infrastructural development in GO and NGO Homes have been undertaken.
Doctors have been provided by IMA in the Homes for regular health check- up of children.
ICPS envisages setting up a District Child Protection Unit (DCPU) in each district as a fundamental unit for the implementation of the scheme.
The DCPU shall coordinate and implement all child rights and protection activities at district level.