Open Shelter home for street children

Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) -Open Shelter Home
(Supported by Ministry of Women and Child)

Open Shelter Home For children in need in urban area’s under Integrated Child Protection Scheme, under The Ministry of Women and Child Development.

ICPS objectives are to contribute to the improvement in the well being of children in difficult circumstances as well as to the reduction of vulnerabilities to situation and action that lead to abuse, neglect, exploitation, abandonment and separation of children. ICPS brings several existing child protection programmes under one umbrella and initiate new intervention. Any vulnerable child in need of care and protection, particularly beggars, street and working children, rag pickers, small vendors, street performers, orphaned, deserted, trafficked and run-away children in the age group of 6-18 years.

These open shelters, run by both NGOs and state governments are not meant to provide permanent residential facilities for children but will complement the existing institutional care facilities. The objectives of these open shelters include:

To attract above-mentioned target group of children from their present vulnerable life situation to a safe environment.
To wean these children away from the vulnerable situations by sustained interventions.
To guide these children away from high risk and socially deviant behaviours
To provide opportunities for education and develop their potential and talent.
To enhance life -skills and reduce their vulnerabilities to exploitation.
To reintegrate these children into families, alternative care and community.
To carry out regular follow up to ensure that children do not return to vulnerable situations.