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Institutionalised Children Explorations and Beyond

Published in Association with Udayan Care

eISSN: 23493011 | ISSN: 23493003 | Current volume: 11 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Bi-annually


Institutionalised Children Explorations and Beyond (ICB) is a bi-annual international academic journal, launched on 14 March 2014, to discuss the state of care of children in alternative forms of care. The journal includes manuscripts from across the globe with more regional focus on the eight South Asian countries. In 2023, ICB journal is completing a decade of compiling and publishing regional evidence.

The mission of the journal is to create a rich platform for sharing discourse related to law, practice and evidence-based research, regarding alternative care for children and youth without parental care and family strengthening, to serve the purpose of developing dialogues and debates amongst practitioners, academicians, researchers, policy makers, advocates, activists and volunteers working for child and youth care. The journal aims to improve standards of care and mental health practices that enhance the delivery of services in alternative care settings.

The vision of the journal is to evolve as the most comprehensive and sought after journal, especially for South Asian countries that examines and addresses all issues related to alternative care for children and young persons in the region, as well as from an international perspective, from the lens of policy, legislation, jurisprudence, case law reviews, good practices, expert interviews, research and future directions to improve the lives of children and youth.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

As an international, multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed academic journal, Institutionalised Children Explorations and Beyond (ICB) documents original research papers, good models of care practices, comprehensive desk review papers, editorial and foreword, expert opinions, interviews, and book and movie reviews. Along with addressing issues that can influence policy reforms, decision-making and improve practices and standards of care, the content of ICB also addresses limitations in research, knowledge and counselling practices currently prevalent in the South Asian region.

In essence, ICB sees itself as a forum for studies, discussions, debates and research on issues that would lead to better practices of care, improve mental health 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 journal will be of interest to board members, managers, caregivers, psychologists, counsellors, psychiatrists, volunteers and social workers, in governmental and NGO organisations, as also to policy-makers, and university faculty who are interested in the care and study of children in institutions, as well as in other alternative forms of care. Students in social work, psychology, law and other related disciplines across the South Asian countries, as well as other mental health professionals interested in these studies, will find the journal useful. The scope includes encouraging studies on these issues by universities and hospitals, together with clinics, young professionals and those in the field of caregiving, 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 as well as rehabilitation models.

Monisha C. Nayar-Akhtar Psychotherapist & Psychoanalyst; Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania, USA
International Liaison Editor
Kiran Modi Founder Managing Trustee, Udayan Care
Associate Editors
Luis Aguilar Esponda Human Rights Officer, United Nations
Shubha Murthi Deputy Chief Operating Officer, SOS Children's Villages International
Movie Editor
Lakshmi Madhavan Sr. Coordinator, Research and Development, Udayan Care
Country Editor-Bangladesh
Md Enamul Haque Deputy National Director, SOS Children's Villages International, Bangladesh
Country Editor-Pakistan
Seema Arif Associate Professor, Department of Education, School of Social Sciences & Humanities, University of Management & Technology, Lahore, Pakistan
Country Editor-Sri Lanka
Mallika R. Samaranayake Technical Lead, Child Protection in Crisis (CPC) Learning Network and Founder Member / President - Community of Evaluators (CoE) South Asia Network
Country Editor-Nepal
Sumnima Tuladhar Executive Director, Child Workers in Nepal Concerned Centre (CWIN)
Advisory Board
Sumedha Gupta Ariely Assistant Professor of the Practice, Global Health Institute, Duke University
Jhuma Bhasak Psychoanalyst; Member, International Psychoanalytical Association, London
Maria Rosaria Centrone Co-founder, ARTICOLO12, Lecturer, University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Vikram Dutt Founder, Manovikas
Ian Anand Forber-Pratt Director of Advocacy - Southeast Asia, Children’s Emergency Relief International (USA)
N Janardhan Assistant Professor, Psychiatric Social Work National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (India)
Sushama Sharma Professor of Special, Education (Retd.), Department of Education, Kurukshetra University
Hiranthi Wijemanne Member, U.N. Committee Rights of the Child (Sri Lanka)
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