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Child Protection & Safeguarding

According to National Crime Research Centre (2020), forms of violations of children’s rights Findings have shown that: the total number of cases of violations of children’s rights rose from 51,991 in 2017 to 158,933 in 2019 thus representing a 205.6% increase within a period of three (3) years (or average of 68.5% increase per year) with child neglect, child custody and child abandonment being the top three forms of violations between January 2017 and June, 2020.

43,051 children were violated between January and June, 2020 especially through child neglect, that is, an average of 239 children daily. The most common forms of violations of children’s rights, as categorized and handled and/or recorded by different key state and non-state agencies between January and June, 2020 were child neglect, custody, child abandonment, incest, infanticide, defilement, attempted defilement and maintenance and custody; the most common forms of violations of children’s rights handled and/or recorded by different key state and non-state agencies during the 3-months Covid-19 restrictions period of April to June, 2020 were child neglect, custody, child abandonment, defilement, attempted defilement and maintenance and custody.

During the 3-months Covid19 restrictions period of April to June, 2020, the Government of Kenya recorded some increase in the number of cases of child abandonment, defilement, attempted defilement, Female Genital Mutilation, internally displaced child, unlawful confinement, grievous harm, killing an unborn child, and child labor.