Kenya

Situation Report

Sector Status

Protection (Child Protection)

230k
children targeted
6,224
children & parents received MHPS since Mar

Needs

  • According to the Kenya Red Cross, 11 per cent of the population displaced by floods are children between 5-18 years.

  • About 9 per cent of the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Kenya are children and adolescents.

  • At least 79 girls aged 9-12 years have undergone genital mutilation (FGM) since schools closed in March 2020 due to COVID-19 outbreak in Kenya.

  • Up-scaling case management support to children affected by COVID-19, including provision of mental health and psychosocial support.

  • Need to ensure social and economic mitigation measures to address immediate and long-term impact of COVID-19 on children. Increased household poverty due to economic challenges will directly affect children.

  • A total of 19,282 children have been released from children’s institutions and need child protection follow up.

Response

  • Protection partners are supporting provision of case management and mental health and psychosocial support to prevent and protect children from harm during the COVID-19 pandemic and are supporting online counselling and psychosocial support in all counties through toll free helpline 116 provided by Childline Kenya.

  • Nearly 1,180 dignity and relief kits have been distributed to vulnerable households in Garissa, West Pokot and Turkana since May 2020.

  • More than 6,220 children, parents and caregivers (3,349 F/ 2,745 M/ 130 undisclosed) have been provided with mental health and psychosocial support since March 2020.

  • Nearly 1,040 children (518 girls) with protection concerns from Garissa, Isiolo, Marsabit, Tana River and Wajir counties were provided with basic counselling, material support and referrals by Community Child Protection Volunteers.

  • Cluster partners conducted seven webinars on child protection risks during COVID-19, reaching 450 child protection workers, including department of Children’s Services officers at national, county and sub-county level, and Child Helpline counsellors and CSO officers working directly with children.

  • At least 1,235 community members (831 female and 404 male) have been reached through structured dialogues sessions in Garissa, Wajir, Tana River, Kisii and Migori counties on preventing and responding to female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriages.

  • Child Protection Sector is supporting 282 Child Protection volunteers (128 male, 71 female) in 15 counties to enhance outreach efforts.

  • An assessment (“In Their Own Words”) was conducted in April – May 2020 to gather children’s views on COVID-19 . The findings highlighted that children have a good understanding of COVID-19 and that 23 per cent of their fears are due to the rising number of death toll from COVID-19.

  • Protection partners are supporting the dissemination of messages through radio programmes.

Gaps

  • Case management is hindered by COVID-19 restrictions, limiting face-to-face interactions and movement.

  • Lack of dignity and relief kits, which are a high priority in counties affected by floods.

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