CHILDLINE is a national, 24 hour, free, emergency phone and outreach service for children in need of care and protection. It is a programme of Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India. The CHILDLINE 1098 service has been recognized as a critical child protection mechanism in the country. It receives special mention in the Juvenile Justice (care & protection) Act, 2000. CHILDLINE 1098 has been included as an integral component in a continuum of services of the child protection system in India, in the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS), launched in 2009.