Children under the age of 18 years make up the majority of the population in Kenya, with 42% of the population under the age of 14 years. Partially, as a result of inadequate legal measures, Kenya has experienced a number of challenges in relation to child protection, including physical violation, economic exploitation, emotional abuse, neglect, abandonment, child trafficking, sexual exploitation and other untold sufferings.
Consequently, the National Plan of Action against Sexual Exploitation of Children in Kenya has been developed around the areas of prevention, protection, recovery and reintegration, coordination and cooperation, child participation as well as monitoring and evaluation. Sexual exploitation of children in Kenya is a matter of concern and a child protection issue which requires a holistic and integrated approach.
Among other laws and conventions related to issues of children, the Constitution of Kenya offers a significant opportunity for renewed progress in the field of child protection. The Constitution commits the government to invest in the welfare and protection of children as equal citizens in Kenya. Generally, this National Plan of Action is the first tangible indication of Kenya’s commitment to combat SEC in Kenya. It is expected to establish a clear roadmap on how SEC will be dealt with in the future, provide a holistic and comprehensive community based approach to address Sexual Exploitation of Children and also be used as a reference by all stakeholders, children included.
Through this plan of action, adequate resources will be allocated for the protection of children from sexual exploitation.