Department of Children’s Services -Kenya (DCS) commemorated International Missing Children’s Day 2019 at the Kabete Children’s Home & Rehabilitation Centre with the aim of honoring missing and abducted children while celebrating those who have been found and reunited with family.
DCS brought together a cross section of children’s officers, voluntary children’s officers, administrators of children’s homes and children across the social support network that is under their docket.
The day’s agenda covered education to all stakeholders represented on how to handle matters of missing children. DCS also shared information on their efforts in creating a national framework on missing children cases and shared available resources in collaboration with Terre des Hommes and Missing Child Kenya.
The child participation process was very insightful as the children gave feedback on their knowledge of personal safety and expectations of care from parents and guardians. A big thank you to Terre des Hommes for providing learning material for the child participation process.
International and national organizations, NGOs and other stakeholders dealing with the issue of missing children need to harness their efforts, and enhance data sharing, provision of information and reporting of the missing.
Protecting children is a shared responsibility of states, at the level of law enforcement authorities, guardians, reception centers, hotline operators, and more. Failing cooperation and coordination amongst national and transnational stakeholders causes obstacles to bringing the children to safety and protecting them from harm.
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