The County Government through the Department of Education and Social Protection together with UN Women, IRC Women Protection and Empowerment, and other stakeholders have geared up to operationalize Child Rescue Centre in Kakuma, as a deliberate effort to strengthen child protection services.
The rescue centre is scheduled for launch in December 2023.
Speaking at Kakuma when he officially opened a three-day workshop for child protection practitioners, Chief Officer for Education and Social Protection Moses Etelej said the intervention by the county and partners was in line with the Governor’s agenda on child protection.
He explained that the three-day training was aimed at equipping social protection officers with skills to deliver better services to vulnerable children.
The training also comes as a follow-up meeting after IRC paid a courtesy call last week to the CCO in his office in Lodwar.
CCO highlighted that every child deserves to grow up free from any Gender-Based Violence (GBV).
He added that GBV occurs in every part of the country and across all economic and social spheres.
Chief Korea observed that GBV against children is perpetuated physically, sexually, psychologically and/or economically, and seeks to deny access to services that may help lift a victim out of the cycle of violence.
The Department of Social Protection, the Chief divulged, is planning to request up to 50 staff from the recently recruited 200 interns to serve in the child protection unit.
He pointed out that there is a need to redeem the image of the children by separating the small children from grown-ups just like what happens in Lodwar Police Station.
The County set up a child protection unit at Lodwar Police Station, to care for children in conflict with law.
Deputy Director for Social Protection, Hebrew Ignatius Idoka, stated that the stakeholders needed to harmonise all the child protection practices.
Idoka encouraged the partners to reintegrate the children to avoid them from staying in a structured environment, as that inhibits them from socialising.
The IRC Women Protection and Empowerment Programme Manager, Rose Muthee reiterated their commitment through the support from UN WOMEN to equip the rescue centre as required before the launch.
Present were Jakait Elijah, (Children Officer), Beatrice Kotola (Principal Probation Officer), Phineas Muthoni (IRC), and Karen Taiwa (IRC).
The staff on Social Protection were also in attendance.