Call for Papers for Institutionalised Children Explorations and Beyond (ICB): An International Journal on Alternative Care

Institutionalised Children Exploration and Beyond (ICB)



  • 31st August, 2022 for the March 2023 issue
  • 30th September 2022 for September 2023 issue

ICB is an international, multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed academic journal on Alternative Care for out-of-home-care (OHC) children and youth, focused on the South Asia region. Along with addressing issues that can influence policy reforms, decision-making and improve practices and standards of care, ICB, in partnership with Sage publications, aspires to strengthen research, knowledge and counselling practices currently prevalent in the region. ICB serves 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. Published electronically and in print version, twice a year (March and September), every issue of ICB presents original research papers, good models of care practices, comprehensive desk review papers, editorial and foreword, expert opinions, important reprints, interviews, and book and movie reviews.

We are presently receiving manuscripts for our March 2023 and September 2023 issues, which aim to include research contributions along the following sub-themes, among other relevant subjects within Alternative Care in South Asia.


The September 2022 is focused on the issue of “Aftercare and Care Leavers” and has the following thematic areas to cover:

  • Transition from Childcare to Aftercare- Defining successful transition
  • Good practices that empower Care Leavers
  • Policy and Legal Framework on Care Leaving
  • The impact of COVID-19 on Care Leavers and the Way forward
  • Participatory Care Leavers Research
  • Platforms and Voices of Care Leavers: Care Leavers Networks
  • Strength based models of supporting Care Leavers
  • Community Engagement and Contribution to society that support Care Leavers
  • The role of donors in supporting Care Leaving process and Care Leavers


The March 2023 edition is again a Special Issue on “Child Trafficking and Family Strengthening” with focus on the below themes:

  • Vulnerabilities and structural defects in alternative care increasing risk of trafficking
  • Judicial frameworks and policies addressing trafficking of orphaned and abandoned children, and OHC children and youth
  • Commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor in alternative care systems- major focus on impact of COVID-19
  • Care, support and rehabilitation programs for victimized children and their families
  • Various Family Strengthening Models
  • Various Factors contributing to Trafficking and innovative solutions in practice
  • Government schemes and linkages in preventing family separation and making families self-reliant
  • Various models of kinship care


The September 2023 is focused on the issue of “Special Issue: Way forward for Alternative Care in SAARC region- Vision for 10 years” and covers all aspects of alternative care:

  • Caregivers
  • Mental Health
  • Aftercare
  • Family Strengthening and Gatekeeping
  • Deinstitutionalisation
  • Child and Youth Participation
  • Policy Papers


We welcome original research articles that raise important, new and relevant research questions, from academicians, researchers, practitioners, social workers, policy-makers, mental health experts, managers, activists, and students working in the field of Alternative Care of OHC children. We also invite legal and human rights-based perspectives, policy frameworks, opinion pieces, and good practices/models along with research around post-COVID planning.

Please refer to the Submission Guidelines closely, which can be found at

Authors are invited to submit papers online at and the abstracts can be submitted at

For queries, please write to us at