What we do
CPC serves as a hub of information and integrated services. It is a place where needs are identified, assessed and addressed through direct provision of specialized services and/or through proper referral. It aims at creating a platform through which child protection issues can be addressed through 4 main strategies:
Creating awareness on child protection services available at CPC.
Awareness activities are implemented through different forums: in local assemblies with chiefs and community leaders, in the schools, with CBOs and community groups. The production and use of IEC material in local language such as brochures and postcards facilitates the passage of messages. Mobile CPC is another important tool making the communities and CPC closer to each other; during mobile CPC, the entire staff moves to a specific village not only to talk to the community and raise awareness on a specific topic, but mostly to bring all the assessment services closer to the people and accessible by them. The CPC team works hand in hand with the local leaders to ensure that they empower the community on child protection through as many forums as possible, making them part of the referral and protection mechanism.
Initiating activities at the centre: case assessment.
At the centre cases are assessed. Immediate assistance is given to those cases requiring the referral to a specialized service such as the hospital, the police or a charitable children institution (cases of sexual of physical abuse, lost or abandoned children). Counseling sessions ensure a continuous psychological assistance to both children and parents. A lawyer follows up all the cases where a conciliation between parents is required or when the case must be taken to Court. CPC is also a place where children can have fun during open days, while learning about their rights and where parents receive information on their duties and responsibilities.
Capacity building in the community.
Empowering local communities is a fundamental step to ensure the inception of those processes leading to social change. The referral mechanism established with institutional stakeholders in Malindi has its roots at the community level. Therefore, CPC conducts training activities with teachers, chiefs, local and religious leaders, village elders, community groups with the aim of strengthening the referral mechanism, ensuring protection to children, deepening and sharing knowledge about children's rights.
Involvement of stakeholders in child protection.
This strategy of meetings and visits uses the participatory approach to bring together all stakeholders who are working with children in order to create an effective referral system for the cases that are handled at the CPC. In this way, human resource are pulled together and their efforts are maximized.