BENEFITING: GPF APOSTOLIC MISSIONS NETWORK
Children have specific rights and legislation for them to attain these rights is in place at the international, National and local levels. That legislation is in place attests to the fact children as rights holders and the duty bearers have to ensure that these rights are afforded to children. Many international organizations recognize that children need protection and have crafted Missions, Visions and Strategies for the children’s protection apart from drawing huge budgets.
Although legislation is in place and many organizations are in place to work for the protection of children, children still suffer abuse in the form of defilement, harmful child labor, domestic violence, sexual exploitation and deprivation of basic rights to education, food, health, shelter.
Given the status of Child Protection in Kenya in general and Trans Nzoia County, it is imperative that this project works towards creating safe school, home and community environs for children’s protection. This project is intended to afford children liberty from abuse and exploitation as well as urging all the purported players/agencies of children’s protection to become more intentional by allocating resources toward Child Protection and providing requisite services. Critical to this is the empowerment of children as key players in their own protection because the children’s right to participation plays a vital role in augmenting their right to protection.
The Community care structure(Child Protection Committees; CPC) and reporting system to respond to or handle the issue related to Sexual violence such as HIV /AIDS, STD, and pregnancy out of rape that should be addressed concurrently administering of Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), psychosocial, material support and referrals to health units/ hospitals and to the police. The nature of response to such cases however is of great injustice to the children who fall victims because it is still too limp to offer the kind of response that is required for Child Sexual Abuse (CSA)
These reporting system and services should comply with WHO medical protocols and the psycho- social care for Sexual Abuse survivors. There is need to strengthen and enhance the capacity of the Child Protection Committee structures to provide response to medical, psycho-social and livelihood support to the Sexual Abuse survivors and the service providers; health workers, the police, local leaders, Children and young people (as peer educators) and the care and support systems. This will help in strengthening, care and support to victim survivors and those who are at risk of such exploitation, abuse and violence.
Systematic and comprehensive awareness and education Programmes on Sexual Abuse should be planned for all stakeholders and duty bearers. Documentation and recording systems for SGBV need to be developed further. Addressing Sexual Abuse is therefore a holistic approach in solving multiple social and health issues that need immediate attention.
There is still a Poor referral and redress systems for Child abuse and violation cases from the community with the increasing reports on Child Sexual Abuse.
Creation of strategic linkages with Government structures, local and international agencies in addressing rights issues and creation of a proactive society in protection of children and the populace. Sexual violence and exploitation is also a pertinent issue in the communities and interventions are still limited.