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About the ICB Journal

In March 2014, Udayan Care launched a bi- annual academic journal 'Institutionalised Children: Explorations and Beyond' (ICB) to deliberate on family strengthening and the state of care of children in institutional and alternative care. The journal’s regional focus is on the eight South Asian countries - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The purpose of the journal is to expand and enhance knowledge about children, who have been in Out of Home Care (OHC) and those who need alternative care systems. The mission is to make available a platform for consistent sharing of information, knowledge enhancement and the development of a dialogue and debate amongst professionals, practitioners, mental health experts, policy makers, academics, researchers, and volunteers, working for children in institutional and other alternate care settings, about best practices, research findings and studies, legislation, jurisprudence and case law, in relation to OHC children's mental health, social development, care and upbringing.

So far 18 issues of the journal have been released and we are now ready to release the nineteenth issue, Vol. 10 No. 1, in March, 2023. Since, the year 2020, this journal is being published in partnership with SAGE Publications (Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC and Melbourne). We are also currently accepting abstracts for the March and September 2023 issues, with focus on Child Trafficking and way forward in alternative care respectively. Make sure to book your subscription to ICB in order to engage with knowledge sharing with regards to alternative care of out of home care children in the South Asia region!

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To create a rich platform for sharing discourses related to laws, practices, and evidence-based research, regarding Alternative Care for Out-of-Home-Care (OHC), family strenthening and at-risk children and young persons in South Asia, and serve the purpose of developing dialogues and debates amongst practitioners, academics, researchers, policy makers, advocates, activists, and volunteers working for Child and Youth Care (CYC). The journal aims to improve standards of care and mental health practices that enhance the delivery of services in alternative care settings in the South Asian region.

ICB Issues

In this section we are displaying a brief of all ICB Journal issues.