To ensure proper care, protection, development, treatment, social reintegration of children in difficult circumstances by adopting child friendly approach keeping in view the best interest of the child.
Guiding Principles to achieve our Mission:
- Child protection, a primary responsibility of family, supported by community, government and civil society: It is important that respective roles are articulated clearly and understood by all parties in the effort to protect children. Government, both Central and State, has an obligation to ensure a range and a continuum of services at all levels.
- Loving and caring family, the best place for the child: Children are best cared for in their own families and have a right to family care and parenting by both parents.
- Privacy and Confidentiality: Children’s right to privacy and confidentiality should be protected through all the stages of service delivery.
- Non-stigmatization & non-discrimination: Each child irrespective of circumstances, as well as socio-economic, cultural, religious and ethnic background should be treated equally and in a dignified manner.
- Prevention and reduction of vulnerabilities, central to child protection outcomes: A major thrust of ICPS will be to strengthen the family capabilities to care for and protect the child.
- Institutionalization of children, the last resort: There is a need to shift the focus of interventions from an over reliance on institutionalization of children and move towards more family and community–based alternatives for care. Institutionalization should be used as a measure of last resort after all other options have been explored.
- Child centred planning and implementation: Planning and implementation of child protection policies and service delivery should be child centered at all levels, so as to ensure that the best interest of the child is protected.
- Technical excellence, code of conduct: Services for children at all levels and by all providers should be provided by skilled and professional staff, including a cadre of social workers, psychologists, care givers, members of statutory bodies and lawyers, adhering to an ethical and professional code of conduct.
- Flexible programming, responding to local individualised needs: Customized service delivery approach is required to respond to local needs.
- Good governance, accountability and responsibility: An efficient and effective child protection system requires transparent management and decision making, accountable and responsible individuals and institutions, performance reports at all service levels and all service providers made public, including for children themselves, through child-friendly reports.