The exploitation of children, particularly child trafficking, is an organised and complex crime, operating across state and national borders. However, funding for this issue and civil society’s response are fragmented, disorganised and project-based, and often lack the data and capacity to effectively combat the crime. ICPF mobilises national and international donors to funnel their resources into a strategic and holistic strategy aimed at solving the problem.


In order to achieve its ten-year impact of population-level behaviour change resulting in 50% reduction in child trafficking and child rape, ICPF shall strengthen the child protection ecosystem in the following ways:

  1. Provide all resources needed to solve the problem: Invest in a national-level program strategy to solve the problem, and build technical and institutional capacity of partners to achieve our common goals.

  2. Ensure adherence to law and data-driven decision making: Co-develop sector standards with donors and practitioners to ensure all child protection programs enforce to all relevant Indian laws for justice delivery. Further, collect national-level data based on sector standards for data-driven decision making to scale up existing models and incubate high-risk, innovative solutions.

  3. Sustain impact by integrating successful models into government systems: Increase efficacy of child protection institutions through financial investment, capacity building and adherence to law, and leverage evidence and strategic relationships to integrate successful models into government systems.
























ICPF shall have three streams of investment:

  1. Build Evidence and Knowledge: Invest in empirical research to address the glaring gap in data on child protection issues to inform program design, identify successful models for scaling-up and develop targeted knowledge products for civil society, donors, governments and communities.

  2. Scale-up Proven Models: Invest to scale up evidence-based flagship programs and improve their efficacy through robust data monitoring and independent evaluations.

  3. Strengthen Policies and Institutions: Design and implement programs with the goal of strengthening policy implementation through government institutions, and generate evidence and knowledge to fill gaps in existing policy frameworks.



From 2020 to 2024 ICPF shall implement three five-year Missions which are interconnected and converge to strengthen the entire child protection ecosystem. The Missions are designed to change the behavior of all stakeholders in ecosystem – children, families, communities, traffickers, supply chains, businesses, consumers, customers, law enforcement, justice delivery systems, rehabilitation systems and government response systems. All programs will be monitored per sector standards, and independent evaluations will be conducted every alternate year.


  1. Mission 166k: Judicial action on over 166,000 pending child sexual abuse cases - Facilitate comprehensive action to clear the backlog of >166,000 pending cases under the POCSO Act by providing legal aid, ensuring economic compensation and psychosocial support to survivors and families.

  2. Mission 8.7: Achieve Sustainable Development Goal 8.7 for India - Develop and execute a roadmap to achieve SDG 8.7 to ‘eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour…and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms’. This Mission includes three programs:

    1. 8.7.i – Justice delivery in cases of trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation of children: Facilitate comprehensive action to rescue victims, provide legal aid, and ensure rehabilitation and compensation of survivors; and facilitate prosecution and property attachment of customers.

    2. 8.7.ii – Justice delivery in cases of trafficking for child labour: Facilitate comprehensive action to rescue victims, provide legal aid, and ensure rehabilitation and compensation of survivors; and facilitate prosecution of employers.

    3. 8.7.iii – Customer deterrence for child sexual abuse material: Implement AI-driven targeted online CSAM deterrence messaging, provide technology and training support to law enforcement to prosecute perpetrators and facilitate comprehensive legal action in online child sexual abuse cases.

  3. Mission School Safety Net: Secure free, quality & meaningful secondary education for all - Invest in initiatives to prevent trafficking by ensuring state-mandated free and quality education for all till Grade 12, and integrating child rights education and positive masculinity into school curricula.


ICPF shall organise national-level networks of professionals to support the protection and wellbeing of children. ICPF shall build their capacity and channelise their expertise to catalyse its missions and strengthen the child protection ecosystem. National networks of mental health specialists and lawyers will be initiated in the first 18 months.


In 2024, ICPF shall plan next steps to achieve its ten-year mission - 50% reduction in child trafficking and child rape in India by 2030, sustained through population-level behavior change.

ICPF was launched in January 2020. The fund has been anchored by Sir Chris Hohn and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, and the British Asian Trust, and is led by Bhuwan Ribhu.