Contents

 

Background

 

Participants

 

Activities of Phase I

 

Objectives of Phase II

 

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Other Projects

 

Popular Participation Towards Combating Child Labour

 

Child Rights and Child Protection

 

Creating a National System of Local Referral Networks

 

Community Organized Training (COT)

 

Girl Child Basic Education Programme

 

Home-Based Day Care Centre

 

Riziki Women's Rehabilitation Centre

 

Children in Situations of Armed Conflict

 

ANPPCAN - Fredskorpset: Exchange of Personnel

 

The Nairobi Child Protection Initiative

 

End Child Prostitution in Kenya (ECPIK)
 

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Child Rights and Child Protection


Background

In October 1996, ANPPCAN Regional office with the support of the World University Services (UK) started the Child Right and Child Protection project. Implementation of the project was done through a coalition of Government Departments and a number of NGOs. The main criteria for the selection of the coalition members was that they were already dealing with issues related to child protection and had representation in the country down to the grassroots' level.

 

Participating Organisations

  • Ministry of Home Affairs, Heritage and Sports:- Department of Children’s Services;

  • Ministry of Education;

  • Ministry of Labour;

  • Ministry of Information and Broadcasting;

  • Child Welfare Society of Kenya (CWSK);

  • Family Life Counseling Association of Kenya (FLCAK);

  • National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK);

  • African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN) Regional Office which also co-ordinates the Coalition.

Activities of Phase I (top)

The activities of the first phase of the project, which ended in September 1999, were aimed at raising public awareness on child rights and child abuse and neglect. They also aimed at improving the delivery of child protection services by identifying the existing gaps and formulating alternative or complementary services. Training was an integrated activity in this process, and various professionals working in especially difficult circumstances were trained.

 

The success in raising public awareness during the first phase of the project generated a higher demand for provision of services and heightened the need to continue improving the existing child protection services. The training that was provided for professionals working with children in especially difficult circumstances has provided them with further insights into the weaknesses of the current services and generated ideas of how to address these problems

 

Objectives of Phase II (top)

For further reasons, a second phase of the project was formulated. Participating members now include those listed above, as well as the Nairobi Police Department, Kenyatta National Hospital, the Nairobi Hospital, and the Nairobi Central Business Association and Ministry of Health.

Objectives of the second are as described below:

 

Wider Objective:

To strengthen the capacity of Kenyan civil society and Government to prevent and reduce the growth of child abuse and neglect by promoting public awareness on Children Rights and strengthen the provision of services for children in especially difficult circumstances (CEDC).

 

Immediate Objectives:

  1. To continue raising awareness of the issues surrounding children in especially difficult circumstances (CEDC) with particular regard to child abuse and neglect among the general public, especially women in low income urban and rural communities and among out of school children in Kenya.

  2. To consolidate provision of training and to promote good practice within the medical, legal, teaching, police and social work provisions, in their contacts with children in Kenya.

  3. To build capacity at community level of service providers and communities so that they can themselves address issues of child abuse and neglect

  4. To improve the coverage, integration and appropriateness of CEDC and child protection services provided by the government and NGO agencies in Kenya, especially in low income urban areas.

The second phase of the project is therefore based on the lessons learnt during the first phase of the project implementation and recognizes the need to continue with raising public awareness on child abuse and neglect and especially at the grassroots level. It also aims to strengthen and improve the provision of child protection services at the national, provincial, and district levels; to respond to the demand for legal and counseling services created as a result of the national advocacy campaign; to advocate for changes in government policies; to build up the capacity of local service providers and communities to deal with cases of CEDC; to build up a database and develop the referral system between agencies at national level; and to continue the training of the professionals in addition to the the training of the communities in child rights and protection.

 

Both the Coalition and ANPPCAN have recognized the fact that the efforts of the first phase of the project were a success and they believe that this second phase of the project should concentrate mainly on improving the coverage and integration of services and building up the capacity of communities to prevent and deal with cases of Children in Especially Difficult Circumstances (CEDC).

 

 

 

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