A Snapshot of Alternative Care Arrangements in Kenya

SOS Children’s Villages International

This report presents findings from an assessment of Kenya's implementation of the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children. The research conducted by SOS Children’s Villages found that despite high levels of child abuse and a concerted response to address this by the government, there remain legal gaps and concerns related to alternative care: including lack of coordination of legislation and services for children; a high number of children in unsupported and poorly monitored informal care; limited information collection or inspection of childcare facilities; and reluctance to report and lack of channels for reporting child abuse, either in the home or in alternative care.

Read also: snapshots of alternative care arrangements in Malawi and Tanzania