Indian Child Abuse and Neglect and Child Labour Group (ICANCL Group) was formed in 1996, within the framework of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP). IAP, the apex national body with 18,000 pediatricians, is working to advance excellence in curative and preventive aspects of pediatric care in India.
Recognizing the impact of socioeconomic, cultural and environmental factors on child health, development and overall welfare, ICANCL Group specifically focuses on comprehensive child welfare, child rights, abuse,
neglect and exploitation, and rehabilitation. In a burgeoning population, with grinding poverty widespread malnutrition and illiteracy, the problems are many, diverse and enormous.
ICANCL Group has members from various disciplines and agencies working for child welfare chapters. It has branches in several states and large cities. Works closely with other national and international agencies towards advocacy and information, sensitization of civil society, and increasing political and bureaucratic involvement in ensuring the rights and protection of children. ICANCL members, individually and in groups, have done commendable work among underprivileged and deprived children. The Group has held a number of national and regional conferences, and publishes a quarterly newsletter highlighting its work and informing on ICANCL issues.