Keeping children safe in schools in Somalia
Internal conflict and repeated humanitarian disasters have impacted on Somalia’s people for many years, severely constraining development and the welfare of Somali children.
In June 2019, Keeping Children Safe invited ‘Formal Education Network for Private Schools‘ (FENPS) to join our international child safeguarding network. FENPS became the first Somali organisation to join the network and since then they have actively advocated the adoption of child safeguarding measures with their peers, partners and government institutions.
Using our resources and toolkit, FENPS has conducted multiple child safeguarding workshops within their network and, working in collaboration with the UN Education Cluster, is encouraging more Somali organisations to join the KCS members’ network. Through FENPS alone over 20,000 children are now better protected from harm.
Championing safe sport for girls in Kenya
Keeping Children Safe member Moving the Goalposts (MTG) is a sport-for-development organisation in Kenya that uses football as an entry point to reach out to girls and young women (9-25 years) through reproductive health and rights education, life skills and economic empowerment initiatives.
MTG works with over 9000 girls and young women in Kilifi, Kwale, Mombasa and Tana River counties. In 2016 this community-based organisation was given the ‘Sport for Good’ award by the Laureus Foundation, for its innovation in child protection and safeguarding.
To make it easier to identify and follow-up concerns about exploitation and abuse, a special group of volunteer girls called Safeguarders are trained in how to protect and safeguard participating in sports activities.
The girls are commissioned to act as child protection champions in their communities by passing on the skills they have learnt to other girls and young women involved in football. By doing so, they are not only able to identify potential incidences of child abuse but also help to create a safe environment where fellow girls and young women can report issues that affect them without fear of intimidation.
Safeguarding children with HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa
HIV and AIDS related illnesses are the leading cause of death in Sub-Saharan Africa, leaving a trail of destruction, families bereft, and many thousands of children orphaned and vulnerable. More than 80 percent of children orphaned by HIV/AIDS live in this region and four in five of young people (aged 10-19) affected by new HIV infections are girls (UNAIDS 2019). Most children directly affected by HIV/AIDS continue to live with their extended family (source). As the world’s largest donor, responding to the needs of orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS, the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is committed to supporting these children with the clinical and social services they need to survive, thrive, and to become healthy and productive adults. The organisation’s main partner is the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
Keeping Children Safe delivered child safeguarding training to USAID partners throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, from Ethiopia to South Africa to Nigeria. Since then, scores of local organisations have developed or strengthened their safeguarding measures, thereby better protecting tens of thousands of African children from violence and other forms of abuse.
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If your organisation works for and with children, then it is high time to check if you have put rigorous child safeguarding measures in place – starting from the top of the organisation, right down to your field staff and outside suppliers. Prevention, after all, is better than lives destroyed because of abuse.