Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children in Kenya (2014): A User-friendly Handbook

Department of Children's Services - Republic of Kenya

This handbook is a key tool for supporting care reform in Kenya, promoting family-based alternative care for children, and moving away from institutional care. 

This book is particularly written for formal and informal government practitioners: social workers, child protection volunteers, police, health workers, teachers, community health workers, child and youth workers, probation officers, and para-social workers, including:

  • Chiefs, Nyumba Kumi and Village elders, and Area Advisory Councils
  • Community-based organizations (CBOs), faith-based organizations (FBOs), and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in communities

The objectives of this handbook are to:

  • Enable people to develop a better understanding of the Kenyan child care and protection system
  • Summarize the Guidelines for the Alternative Family Care of Children in Kenya
  • Outline key regional and international legislation and policy frameworks for children outside of parental care
  • Highlight:
    • the right to grow up in a family environment
    • the need to prevent family and child separation
    • the challenges and problems with institutional care
    • provide and signpost practical guidance on alternative care

Read the accompanying Facilitator’s Training Manual.