By Waridi Ajambo
The department of child services together with the Ministry of East African community, Labour and social protection have unveiled the Child Protection Information System aimed at implementing child protection programs across the country.
The system which shall enhance the collection of child protection data will assist the children officers to manage and follow up on the information collected since henceforth, the data collection process has been made easier.
Child Protection Information System (CPIMS) is a web based data system developed to collect, aggregate and report on child protection.
The CPIMS progressive parties includes; USAID, UNICEF, Plan International, Childline Kenya, and World Vision Kenya among others. They offered the congratulations to the Department of Children Services for seeing the project to its fruition and promised to continue being part of the team.
Since its introduction, CPIMS has been in the works for about 10 years now serving 11 counties as the first recipients of this revolutionary structure. Meanwhile, the parties remain optimistic to roll out the system in 47 counties.
Child abuse is a global problem that affects both boys and girls. It has existed since the beginning of time and is deeply rooted in cultural, economic and social practices. Children are abused physically, sexually, emotionally and through neglect. They are also forced to endure the most hazardous forms of child labour including sweat shops and prostitution.
In some countries boys are kidnapped and forced into armed conflict as soldiers. In many countries children experience severe corporal punishment in schools. Children living in poverty being more at risk of child abuse and exploitation.
Whilst most child abuse occurs within families and communities, children also experience abuse and exploitation in organizations which provide them with support and services. Experience has found that physical, emotional abuse and neglect in child focused organizations and institutions are less systematic and usually un-planned. It is usually the result of poor conditions, bad work practices and negligent management.
However, sex offenders target organizations working with children; they will seek work in organizations with inadequate recruitment practices and supervision that provide an environment where their abuse may go undetected. They also seek work in countries with inadequate child protection laws and law enforcement as well as countries where children and their families are vulnerable to exploitation.
The objective of this Child Protection Information System is to ensure all possible steps are taken to protect children against all forms of child abuse.