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May 16-18-2018


Multimedia University of Kenya Mbagathi Campus

Event Capacity

1,200 delegates


30 Professional Speakers

WHAT'S ABOUT EVENT / come and join us


The Association of Charitable Children Institutions of Kenya (ACCIK) in collaboration with Juvenile Justice Agencies, Multimedia University of Kenya and other stakeholders organized the 1st National Symposium on Child Care and Protection. The Symposium was held at the Multimedia University of Kenya, Mbagathi campus Nairobi, Kenya from 16th to 18th May 2018 under the theme ‘Building Synergy for Enhanced Child Care and Protection: Experiences, Challenges, and Opportunities’.

ACCIK is a national network for registered Charitable Children Institutions (CCIs) from across Kenya. The CCIs are established under the Children Act with the sole mandate of providing care, protection, control and rehabilitation of children in need of care and protection.

The impetus to host this symposium was born from the need to bring stakeholders in child care and protection to share experiences, build on best practices, improve professionalism and develop collaborations.

The symposium was organized in collaboration with the Government of Kenya, Multimedia University of Kenya, ERIKS Development partner among others. The event brought together stakeholders in child care and protection, such as; Juvenile Justice Agencies, physical and mental health practitioners, education and research institutions, media, NGO’s religious organizations, and national and county governments.

THEME / This year

Building synergy for enhanced child care and protection: Experiences, challenges and opportunities


Symposium Book of Abstracts 2018

Call for abstracts, case studies documentaries & posters

Call for abstracts, case studies, documentaries and posters




According to a report by SITAN (2014), children within the age bracket of 0-18 years old constitute half of the Kenyan population, with the Kenya State Party Reports on the ACRWC and UNCHR documenting widespread abuse neglect and exploitation of children in all parts of the country. The reports also further emphasize on the need to enhance Government’s comprehensive and holistic action in reference to child care and protection and this is reiterated in the Kenya National Plan of Action for children 2015-2022, with the Kenyan constitution giving greater mandate on child care and protection to both National and County governments as well as local communities.

The African Report on Child wellbeing (2013) recommended the strengthening of human and institutional capacities as one of the priority areas for action by the government and non-state actors in Kenya. Subsequently SITAN (2014) identified limited skills and technical capacity gaps in the existing social workforce as the key underlying cause of weak child protection services. This workforce range from state and non-state agencies that range from education and health institutions, police, judiciary, probation, prison, children department, public administration, charitable children institutions among others.

In light of the above challenges and recommendations, still there has been no standard certification for persons working with children, considering that also this workforce emanates from diverse professional backgrounds. This lack of standardization and certification informed the need for developing a competency-based curriculum that integrates local and contextual reality of emerging social needs and practices in childcare and protection.

This curriculum was developed by Kenya institute of Curriculum Development and Pwani University in partnership with Juvenile Justice Agencies and ACCIK and was fully funded by Swedish Mission Council and ERIKS Development Partner, Sweden. It was then launched 29th September 2016 together with the child care and protection handbook for practitioners at the Kenya institute of Curriculum Development and targets the numerous cadres of professionals working in the field of child care and protection, while being offered at Pwani University, Technical Training Institutes in Kenya and the African Centre for Child Care and Protection, Thogoto, Kikuyu (ACCCP) formerly known as Nuru Africa.

During the curriculum launch ACCIK further envisioned a need for a forum where various stakeholders in the field of child care and protection can share their experiences and challenges in the course of providing service in child care and protection and thus the idea of a symposium was born.

This symposium seeks to bring all stakeholders in child care and protection together in a 3 day forum, where they can share experiences, challenges and opportunities available in this field both from the perspective of research and service provision. At the end of the 3 day symposium forum, we look forward to have created synergy among the stakeholders in child care and protection.

Event Schedule / 1st National symposium on child care and protection

ACCIK in partnership with Multimedia University, African Center for Capacity Development, Juvenile Justice Agencies and ERIK’s development Partner is privileged to host the 1st National symposium on child care and protection that will be held at Multimedia University conference hall, Mbagathi campus Nairobi, Kenya. Under the theme of Building synergy for enhanced child care and protection in Kenya: Experiences, challenges and opportunities.


– Sponsoring partners

– Exhibitors

– Participants


  • One  who is passionate about children
  • A frontline staff working with children
  • Policy makers working with children
  • A practitioner working with children: Children Magistrates, CCI Workers, NGO Staff, Children Officers, Probation Ofiicers,
    Parents, Administratove officers e.g. Sub Chiefs, Social Workers, Counsellors, Teachers and Health Workers.

Symposium Sponsors/ Partners

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Objectives / See What We are about

  1. Provide a forum for sharing best practices and experiences in provision of child care and protection services
  2. Spur interest in research and dissemination to enhance evidence based practice (EBP) in service provision to children in need of care and protection
  3. Create synergy among state and non-state actors in provision of quality child care and protection services

Package list / Symposium

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Abstract submission Friday 13th April 2018
Deadline for Early bird registration Friday 13th April 2018
Registration deadline Monday 30th April 2018
Symposium date 16th -18th May 2018
Full paper submission Submit after symposium
Late Registration (Additional 10%) During Symposium

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E-mail: childcaresymp2017@gmail.com 
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Sub Themes

  1. Role of Juvenile Justice Agencies in child care and protection
  2. Role of physical and mental health care in child care and protection
  3. Role of education institutions in childcare and protection
  4. Role of media in childcare and protection
  5. Role of research and evidence generation in childcare and protection
  6. Role of NGO’s, Religious and CBO’s in childcare and protection
  7. Role of county government in childcare and protection
  8. Issues of special needs in child care and protection
  9. Policy, registration and financing issues in childcare and protection



  • Paper presentations (both Scientific and Experience based)
  • Key note addresses
  • Some training track (on key areas from the ACCIK curriculum and handbook)
  • Exhibitions