The DCPU coordinates and implements all child rights and protection activities at district level. Specific functions of the DCPU are as follows:
1. Contribute to the effective implementation of child protection legislation, schemes, and achievement of child protection goals laid out in the National Plan of Action for Children. In doing so, the DCPU will follow national and state priorities, rules and guidelines.
2. Ensure that for each child in need of care, there is an individual care plan and that the plan is regularly reviewed. Monitor the implementation of the plan.
3. Identify families at risk and children in need of care and protection through effective networking and linkages with the ICDS functionaries, Specialized Adoption Agencies (SAA), NGOs dealing with child protection issues and local bodies viz. PRIs and Urban Local Bodies, etc.
4. Assess the number of children in difficult circumstances and create district-specific databases to monitor trends and patterns of children in difficult circumstances.
5. Mapping all child-related service providers and services at the district for creating a resource directory.
6. Identify and support credible voluntary organizations to implement program components of the ICPS.
7. Support implementation of family-based non-institutional services including sponsorship, foster care, adoption, and aftercare.
8. Ensure effective implementation of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 and its Amendment Act, 2006 at district/city levels by supporting the creation of adequate infrastructure viz. setting up JJBs, CWCs, SJPUs in each district and homes in a cluster of districts as required.
9. Ensure setting up of District, Block and Village level Child Protection Committees for effective implementation of programs as well as the discharge of its functions.
10. Facilitate transfer of children at all levels for either restoration to their families or placing the child in long or short-term rehabilitation through sponsorship, kinship care, in-country adoption, foster care, inter-country adoption and placement in institutions.
11. Facilitate effective implementation of other legislation for child protection in the district viz. Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act (HAMA) 1956; Guardians and Wards Act (GAWA) 1890; Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act 1986; Child Marriage and Restraint Act 1979 and Immoral Traffic Prevention Act 1986, Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act 1994, Protection of children from Sexual Offense Act 2012, CPCRC Act 2005 etc. and any other Act that comes into force for protecting child rights.
12. Network and coordinate with all government departments to build inter-sectoral linkages on child protection issues including Departments of Health, Education, Social Welfare, Urban Basic Services, Backward Classes and Minorities, Youth Services, Police, Judiciary, Labour, State AIDS Control Society among others.
13. Network and coordinate with voluntary and civil society organizations working in the field of child rights and protection. 14. Develop parameters and tools for effective monitoring and supervision of ICPS in the district.
15. Supervise and monitor all institutions/agencies providing residential facilities to children in the district.