A holistic approach to child protection requires the engagement of both formal and informal child protection mechanisms which are also known as community-led or community-based child protection mechanisms. The formal child protection system consists of elements that are established or sanctioned by the government and guided by law, regulations and policies. Community-based child protection mechanism can be defined as a network or group of individuals at the community level who work in a coordinated manner towards child protection goals. Such mechanisms can be indigenous or externally initiated and supported. They may be more formal or informal in their structure and functioning. The Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) in India suggests guidelines for village-level child protection committees (VCPCs) that are informal child protection committees representative of community members and stakeholders and provides scope for convergence of formal and informal child protection mechanisms.