Nairobi, 5th May, 2022 – This morning Nairobi City County Chief Officer for Education, Youth, Social Services and Gender Ruth Owuor led her team in the Public Participation forum to discuss the Draft Nairobi City County Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy 2022 at the Pride Inn Hotel, Westlands.
Nairobi City County Governor, Ann Kananu has been very vocal in the draft preparation and she underscores that Nairobi City County recognizes child Protection as a multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary affair that requires involvement and commitment of every stakeholder to promote the overall well-being of children through prevention of violence and exploitation; Ensuring effective structured and sustained case reporting and response mechanism with prompt and coordinated action is taken to prevent further occurrence.
Governor Ann further in her contribution to the draft adds that a deliberate and systematic effort is necessary at this point for the County to develop and operationalize a policy framework that will ensure protection of children from any form of
violence and exploitation, establishment of a central coordination mechanism bringing together Government departments and civil society organizations at all levels and a centralized management information system that ensures regular collection of information on both prevalence and incidence of child protection issues; services and responses that are effectively regulated and coordinated.
The design and development of this policy has been an inclusive and intensive process that will involve holding meetings of Technical Working Groups, stakeholder’s forums, borrowing lessons applicable to Nairobi County and prioritizing on key issues affecting the County while taking into consideration the legal frameworks and mandates that give power to the County to protect her children from all forms of harm.”
Said Ruth Owuor who led the Public Participation event, “The policy goes a long way in assisting Nairobi County to have a functional child protection system in line with Kenya’s commitment to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child; the Constitution of 2010, which provides fully for the rights of children.”
Key partners that graced the event were among others; World Vision, USAID-Tumikia Mtoto, Directorate of Children Services, Pendekezo Letu and Save the Children.