Childline Kenya hosts ACT to EVAC training

On 27-28 February, 16 Childline Kenya staff participated in a training facilitated by Child Helpline International and its partner, the International Center for Missing & Exploited Children, as part of the ACT to EVAC initiative. This training aimed to support the amazing work that Childline Kenya is already doing to handle cases of online child sexual exploitation and abuse (CSEA).

The two-day training programme, which took place in Nairobi, Kenya, brought together law enforcement and child service professionals, medical practitioners and child helplines in order to identify, prevent and respond to online child sexual abuse and exploitation. More specifically, the training focused on building capacity amongst these actors to; identify complex online CSEA cases; strengthen the reporting of such cases – including registering the case with the relevant authorities; and direct victims and survivors to the appropriate referral pathways. It was recognized, in particular, that engaging the local community is especially important both in implementing measures of child protection and in supporting and rehabilitating survivors of online CSEA. Following the training, a set of recommendations for the future was created. This includes two trainings a year to ensure participants are updated on any new emerging trends within the online space, and the production of educational materials to raise awareness of online child sexual exploitation and abuse. We are grateful to Childline Kenya for hosting this ACT to EVAC training.