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Kenya implemented the Violence Against Children Survey (VACS) in 2010, and released its report and action plan in November 2012. In addition to the standard VACS questions, Kenya included tailored questions to see whether violence occurred as a result of the national elections in 2008 and added additional questions on child vulnerability.

In 2014, the Government of Kenya and the Together for Girls partnership released the first Violence Against Children Survey public use dataset.

 

In 2019, the Government of Kenya, with support from partners, conducted a second VACS survey to measure progress made since the 2010 VACS and identify emerging trends in violence against children. In 2020, the Government of Kenya launched the Violence Against Children Survey report.

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For an overview of the data found in Kenya’s Violence Against Children Survey, download the Kenya one-pager factsheet.

 

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Key highlights include:

 

16% of girls experienced sexual violence in childhood.

 

39% of girls experienced physical violence in childhood.

 

8% of 13-24 year old girls and women who experienced physically forced or coerced sex became pregnant

 

Among girls who have experienced sexual violence, 11% of girls received help.

6% of boys experienced sexual violence in childhood.

 

52% of boys experienced physical violence in childhood.

 

Among boys who have experienced sexual violence, 3% of boys received help

Download the report:

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2019 - Violence Against Children Survey Report 2019

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2019 - Protecting Children Against Violence: Child-Friendly Booklet

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2010 - Violence Against Children in Kenya: Findings from a 2010 National Survey

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Kenya implemented the Violence Against Children Survey (VACS) in 2010, and released its report and action plan in November 2012. In addition to the standard VACS questions, Kenya included tailored questions to see whether violence occurred as a result of the national elections in 2008 and added additional questions on child vulnerability.

Learn more:

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2019 - National Prevention and Response Plan on Violence Against Children in Kenya 2019-2023

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2010 - Violence Against Children in Kenya: Summary Findings and Response Plan

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Together for Girls is supporting Lwala Community Alliance’s mentorship program for girls that have or are at risk of dropping out of school. The program, called Salama Pamoja (Safety Together) provides life skills and education about issues, such as early marriage and gender-based violence. In 2013 the program reached 57 out-of-school girls and 36 at-risk, in-school girls. The program is entering its second year, with plans to scale up.

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Kenya Partners:

Bilateral and Multilateral Organizations: UNICEF, UNFPA, UNAIDS, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Division of Violence Prevention (CDC/DVP), USAID

 

Government: Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Services, the Department of Children’s Services, the National Council for Children’s Services, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, and the Police Commission

 

Non-Government: Lwala Community Alliance, Nairobi’s Women’s Hospital, Save the Children, Child Rights Advisory, Documentation and Legal Center (the Cradle), and African Network for the Prevention and Protection Against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN)

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