NAIROBI, Kenya, MATCH 12, 2020 – Cases of Child Abuse are on the rise in Kenya, the Director of Administration in the State Department for Social Protection, Mr. Ibrahim Maalim has expressed concern.
“This has been compounded by the steady decline in the age of victims, severity of the abuse and sophistication in the types of child abuse including child online abuse,” observed Mr Maalim.
The Director raised the alarm during a visit to the National Child Help Line (116) Facility in Kabete by a delegation of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) officials on Thursday, March 12.
Mr Maalim was flanked by the Director of Children Services, Mr Noah Sanganyi.
In order to address the vice, Mr Maalim said, the government has created a platform where child abuse could be reported without burdening the complainant of unnecessary bureaucracy and incurring financial costs.
The Swedish delegation led by Mr Woltererer visited the facility in Kabete, Nairobi to review the progress it was making since its inception in 2008.
Mr Woltererer commended both the Department of Children Services (DCS) and UNICEF for the successful implementation of the project. Mr Woltererer was accompanied by SIDA officials and a number of MP’s from Sweden.
The facility’s Executive Director, Martha Sunda said besides the Kabete facility, another such facility exists in Eldoret.
She said the facility, which was launched in 2008 on a platform of Public-Private Partnership is an emergency toll-free line and offers 24 hours – seven days a Week service that deals with child protection, prevention and response.
Suda said children were made aware of the National Helpline through institutions such as schools, mosques and churches.
Mr Peter Ogindo from the Child Protection Information Management System (CPIMS) said the system is a platform for children officers and other stake holders to capture data, analyze and report children cases. Mr Ogindo explained that UNICEF is the main Child Partner in CPIMS.
Some of the support includes the rollout of the system in 16 counties, ICT infrastructure in 12 counties, upgrade of Child Helpline 116 and technical assistance to CPIMS of two consultants to DCS.
UNICEF Kenya has since 2004 jointly with SIDA assisted the Department of Children’s Services in the area of child protection and the Child protection management information (CPIMS).
In addition, SIDA provided the seed money for starting the pre-pilot, pilot and scaled up the cash transfer for OVC PROGRAMME (CT-OVC).
The Head of Strategic Invention Section in the DCS, Jacinta Murgor explained about the government structures through, which the Child helpline operates. Ms Murgor said that a child who is in distress is, therefore, able to access the services regardless of the distance he/she is from the Helpline.
Sida is Sweden’s government agency for development cooperation. It strives to reduce world poverty by allocating resources and knowledge with the goal of making a difference for people in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America.
To achieve this, Sida collaborates with actors from civil society and universities as well as the public and private sector. Sida’s activities are funded through Swedish tax revenue.
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