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Department of Children Services (DCS)

The Department of Children Services is mandated from the Children Act 2001, to safeguarding and protect the rights and welfare of children for national prosperity. We lead, oversight, plan and coordinate child protection programmes and services in Kenya, making sure children have the support, care and protection they need, with the compassion, respect and dignity they deserve.

The Department of Children Services (DCS) is the lead Government Department mandated with safeguarding and protecting the rights and welfare of children in Kenya. The main function of the Department is to provide oversight, plan and coordinate child protection programmes and services in Kenya.

Currently, the Department draws its mandate from the Children Act, 2001, which:

  • Makes provision for parental responsibility, fostering, adoption, custody, guardianship, care and protection of children; administration of children's institutions
  • Gives effect to the principles of the Convention of the Rights of the Child and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and other related purposes
  • Provides for the leadership in coordination and supervision in provision of services towards promoting the rights and welfare of all children in Kenya

NB:- The Children Act, 2001 is currently under review to align it to the constitution of Kenya.

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