As per the Juvenile Justice Act, Special Juvenile Police Units (SJPUs) will be constituted in ever district and city. The purpose of the units is to enable police who deal with juveniles to be better equipped with knowledge and procedures on dealing with children in conflict with law. The act provides there be a police officer in every police station who is trained as a juvenile or child welfare officer.
As per the provisions of the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) each SJPU should have two supporting paid social workers. The District Child Protection Society is responsible for appointing the social workers. Of the social workers at least, one should be a woman.