NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya plans to intensify efforts to address child
neglect cases in order to eliminate child abuse in the country,
officials said on Tuesday.
Ministry of East
African Community, Labour and Social Services Director of
Children Services Noah Sanganyi told journalists in Nairobi that
Kenya has designed parenting programmes to empower parents with
skills to keep their children safe and thus reduce their
vulnerability to abuse.
“Child neglect is
now the most common type of child abuse in the country. Apart
from being a criminal offence in itself, it also exposes the
child to all other forms of abuse,” Sanganyi said during the
launch of Child Protection Report.
The report was
conducted jointly by the government and Childline Kenya.
According to the findings, child neglect and abandonment are the
highest reported form of abuse.
Some of the major
forms of child abuse include parents not taking their children
to school, refusing to get their children medical attention when
they are not well or denying them food for days as a form of
Sanganyi said that
the ministry is currently developing standards of child abuse in
order to improve the level of child welfare in the country.
He added that child
neglect is a gateway to other cases of abuse such as physical
abuse. “Our studies indicate that whenever child neglect went
up, other abuse cases also increased,” he noted.
The ministry of
social services said that the least reported forms of abuse were
child trafficking, female genital mutilation and kidnapping.