Kenya gov’t convenes forum on a national plan of action on child online protection

Ministry of Labour and Social Protection Stakeholders held a two-day forum to develop a National Plan of Action on Child Online Protection.

NAIROBI, Kenya, MARCH 6, 2020 – Ministry of Labour and Social Protection Stakeholders held a two-day forum to develop a National Plan of Action on Child Online Protection. The stakeholders’ consultative forum ended at a Nairobi Hotel Wednesday.

The parley delved on a myriad of issues and explored suggestions on the way forward on how to develop a National Plan of Action on Child Online Protection for Kenya based on the WePROTECT Global Alliance MNR.

The attendants also proposed fast-tracking the ratification of the Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography and increment in resource allocation towards protection of children from sexual abuse.

Considering the vulnerability of children, the forum underscored the need to expedite on enactment of legislation that makes it mandatory for internet industry to report online child sexual exploitation and abuse, and at the same time identify areas for further policy advocacy and legal reforms.

Considering the predatory nature of pedeophiles on the internet the forum also prescribed the enactment and formulation of a comprehensive and responsive legislations and policies on Online Child Sexual Exploitation (OCSE) and full implementation of relevant laws and policies

The stakeholders also rooted for capacity building of relevant stakeholders, including children, to equip them with knowledge and skills to better prevent and respond to OCSE. They also suggested strengthening existing public reporting, response and referral mechanisms.

The stakeholders’ consultative forum ended at a Nairobi Hotel Wednesday.

In rehabilitation, the forum underscored the need to enhance mechanisms to ensure victims or survivors receive necessary assistance, support and protection.

Considering the importance of technology in society petitioned for mechanisms to guarantee that the industry has the capacity and resources to combat OCSE by coming up with technological solutions which are supported by a set of international standards and implement training programmes and information campaigns.

For purposes of profiling pedeophiles, the stakeholders suggested for the establishment of a national database of child sex offenders

Online Child Sexual Exploitation (OCSE) refers to crimes committed by offenders who are using Information Communications Technology (ICT) and/or the Internet to facilitate the sexual abuse of children

It is worth noting that the forum was convened for stakeholders to contribute to increased understanding of child online sexual exploitation in Kenya, develop an advocacy plan from the audit on the laws/policies and seek views and input key stakeholders towards the development of the National Action Plan on Child online sexual exploitation

The forum was convened under the sponsorship of the initiative driven by the State Department for Social Protection, which include UNICEF, CAK and TdH-NL. Other Stakeholders include; Childline Kenya, AICS, ARIGATOU, AHT-CPU and Watoto Watch Network.

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