Nairobi 7th December 2023
Chief Officer for Social Services Mr. George Mutiso has closed a two-day workshop on Child Protection and Safeguarding, the workshop was sponsored by the World Vision (Tumikia Mtoto) initiative.
The Chief Officers said “Child protection and the significance of child safety is a crucial topic. Ensuring the well-being of our children is a collective responsibility that extends beyond familial boundaries, creating a safe environment for children to thrive, learn, and develop. Child safety training plays a pivotal role in equipping individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to identify and respond to potential risks and dangers children might face. By educating ourselves and our communities, we empower everyone to be vigilant guardians of our children’s welfare.”
Mr. Mutiso said “Children are vulnerable, and their safety must be a priority. Child protection is not just a legal obligation; it is a moral imperative. We need to foster a culture where every adult takes an active role in safeguarding children from abuse, exploitation, and neglect. The training has provided insights into recognizing signs of abuse, understanding age-appropriate behaviors, and creating safe spaces for open communication. Nairobi City County through the Social Services Sub-sector will continue championing the rights of our Children. This training empowers our officers to act as advocates for children, ensuring their voices are heard and their rights are protected.”
He urged the officers to commit to promoting awareness about child protection and safeguarding participating in child safety training programs. “By doing so, we contribute to the creation of a world where every child can grow up in an environment that nurtures their potential and protects their innocence.
Safeguarding our children requires a collective effort. Let us invest our time and energy in educating ourselves and others about child protection, and let us strive to create a world where the safety and well-being of every child are paramount.” He said.
Chief Officer was accompanied by Elizabeth Ndungu Director Digital Economy and Startups, Robert Muema Deputy Director Family and Children Services, Rosemary Kibathi Assistant Director Children and Rehabilitation Services, Fred Ogutu Assistant Director Family and Social Welfare Services, Representative from National Government Nancy Waswa, County Coordinator for children services Department of Children Services (DCS), Elvis Ondijo, World Vision Tumikia Mtoto and staff from Social Services sub-sector.