Call for Paper: Institutionalised Children Explorations and Beyond

Organization Name: Udayan Care

Apply By: 31 Jul 2019


Presentation Date: 01 Jan. 1970 - 01 Jan. 1970

Institutionalised Children: Explorations and Beyond (ICEB):

An International Journal on Alternative Care




Deinstitutionalisation: Policies, Strategies, Practices and Implications for South Asia


ICEB is an international, multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed academic journal on Alternative Care for out-of-home-care (OHC) children and young persons, focused on the South Asia region. Along with addressing issues that can influence policy reforms, decision-making and improve practices and standards of care, the content of ICEB also addresses limitations in research, knowledge and counselling practices currently prevalent in the region. In essence, ICEB serves as a forum for studies, discussions, debates and research on issues that would lead to better practices of care, improving mental health issues, and encourage the integration of OHC children and young persons, including the differently-abled, into the mainstream and thus to their inclusion in civil society. The scope includes encouraging studies on these issues by universities and hospitals, together with clinics, young professionals and those in the field of care giving, especially in the non-governmental not-for-profit-sector. The belief is that such education and sharing of knowledge and experiences would lead to more dynamic prevention models as well as rehabilitation models.


Published electronically and in print version, twice a year (March and September), every issue of ICEB presents the following: original research papers and good models of care practices, comprehensive desk review papers, editorial and foreword, expert opinions, important reprints, interviews, and book and movie reviews.


We are presently receiving manuscripts for our March 2020 Special Edition issue, which has a focus on 'Deinstitutionalisation: Policies, Strategies, Practices and Implications for South Asia'.


Deinstitutionalisation, specific to the context of Alternative Care for children, refers to policy-driven mechanisms to bring about reduced reliance on institutional and residential care for children, with a simultaneous increase in family and community-based care and services, prevent separation of children from their biological parents and families through adequate support to children, families and communities, and prepare the process of leaving care, ensuring social inclusion for care leavers and a smooth transition towards independent living.


Deinstitutionalisation reforms aim to prevent unnecessary separation of children from families by intervening with the root causes of separation, which can include neglect, abuse, poverty, child abandonment etc. The strategy of deinstitutionalisation is to shift children out of institutions and at the same time, avoid new placements. Appropriate alternative care for each child, based on their 'necessity' and 'suitability', are derived at by a thorough assessment of their needs, where all solutions and systems comply with the best interest of the child.


Awareness on the incompatibility of institutional care with a human rights approach is growing, where large-scale support systems typical of institutional care are found to be inadequate in recognizing the individual requirements of children and youth. Among the issues impacting the growth and development of children in institutional care, the lack of a stable attachment to caregivers and frequent changes among care staff, limited support from qualified child care professionals, rigidity in routine, impersonal nature of care received, inadequate child-staff ratio, and deficient or basic facilities of care, have been implicated. On the other hand, the unpreparedness of communities to take care of children who are without parental care means small group homes that provide quality residential and individualized care and protection to such children is something that cannot be done away with. South Asian countries, face particular challenges and dilemmas in this area of child protection.

The Guest Editor for this issue is Dr. Delia Pop, the Director of Programmes and Global Advocacy, Hope and Homes for Children, UK. Dr. Delia is a medical doctor who has committed the last 18 years to working with children in the institutional care system and families at risk of separation.


YOU can contribute!

We invite research studies, legal and human rights-based perspectives, psychosocial frameworks, and innovative practices that consider deinstitutionalisation in child care, as well as good practices/models in the South Asian region. Submissions should critically examine and analyse the context of deinstitutionalisation in alternative care as well as reflect on the social norms and practices prevalent in different nations. Contributions should document the current debates around this issue of child and youth care, be reflective in nature and cover the key dilemmas that protect or fail to protect and uphold rights of children in Alternative Care.

Submission of Abstract (500 words)

31st July 2019

Full Paper Submission

10th September 2019

Final approval post Peer Review

15th October 2019





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