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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 policy, practice and gaps in family strengthening and alternative care for children and youth without parental care. Since, the year 2020, this journal is being published in partnership with SAGE Publications (Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC and Melbourne). In 2023, ICB journal is completing a decade of compiling and publishing regional evidence. The journal’s regional focus is on the eight South Asian countries - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and follows a double anonymized peer review process. It is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

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The purpose of the journal is to expand and enhance knowledge about children and youth without parental care and those who need alternative care systems. The mission is to create a rich regional platform for sharing discourses, bringing together stakeholders, to discuss issues related to laws, practices and evidence-based research, regarding family strengthening and alternative care for children and youth without parental care in South Asia.

So far 19 issues of the journal have been released and we are now ready to release the twentieth issue, Vol. 10 No. 2, in September, 2023. We are also currently accepting abstracts for the March and September 2024 issues, with focus on mental health, alternative care and family strengthening.

Make sure to book your subscription to ICB in order to engage with knowledge sharing with regards to alternative care of children and parents without parental care in the South Asia region!

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Institutionalised Children Explorations and Beyond is hosted on SAGE Peer Review, a web-based online submission and peer review system. Please read the Manuscript Submission Guidelines below, and then visit to login and submit your article online. Remember you can log in to the submission site at any time to check on the progress of your paper through the peer review process.

Recent Issue Release: March 2023

Special Focus: Child Trafficking and the Alternative Care Space The issue launch event was organised by the ICB team on 20th March, 2023 at India International Centre, New Delhi, where this special issue of the ICB journal was released by the Editorial Board Members of ICB along with panellists and other dignitaries including representatives of SAGE and SOS Children’s Villages. Drawing on some of the experiences and the research evidence of leading researchers and practitioners in the field, the issue release was followed by a panel discussion on ‘Child Trafficking and Alternative Care” on 20th March, 2023 in conversation with experts. September 2023 issue, is a special issue on the decade-long journey of alternative care in the field of alternative care in the South Asian countries and the Way forward.

ICB Issues

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