On July 16, 2020, the Government of Kenya shared their groundbreaking second Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) Report during a virtual launch event. As one of the first countries to complete the VACS process twice, the new report offers an unprecedented opportunity to measure Kenya’s progress in ending violence against children, as well as highlight areas where renewed efforts to prevent violence are needed.
“We have an unprecedented opportunity to address violence against children in our country,” said Hon. Simon Chelugui, Cabinet Secretary for the Kenya Ministry of Labour & Social Protection, during the event. “The rich data from the 2019 VACS report will increase our understanding of the frequency, drivers, and impact of violence.”
In 2010, the Government of Kenya first conducted a VACS to provide data that would guide the planning and development of policies and programs to prevent violence before it starts and provide critical services to children and adolescents who experience violence. The 2019 VACS shows the great progress Kenya has made since the first VACS, including significant reductions in overall sexual, physical, and emotional violence in childhood.
However, the report also highlights concerning trends on recent violence among adolescent girls ages 13-17, underscoring the importance of the sex- and age-disaggregated VACS data.
“When we compare the results from the 2010 and 2019 surveys, we see some decline in the prevalence of certain forms of violence. This gives us encouragement that reducing violence against children is indeed possible and our country has been making progress in the right direction,” said Chelugui. “However, the prevalence is still too high and some of the violence has increased from 2010, which is concerning.”