In Somalia, 1.8 million children are at risk of violence, abuse and neglect due to the ongoing conflict, reoccurring climatic shocks, poverty, and the socioeconomic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Violence prevention and response services remain disrupted and many parents and caregivers are under increasing financial strain and at risk of losing their jobs.
To support the children bearing the biggest brunt and to strengthen the case management services in the country, the Federal Ministry of Women and Human Rights Development, UNICEF and child protection partners worked together to customize and deploy the new information management system, an important platform for professional social workers to coordinate social, legal, clinical, and psychosocial services for the children in need.
“The adoption of innovative technologies provides a significant opportunity for safeguarding children in Somalia,” said UNICEF Representative in Somalia, Mohamed Ayoya. “The launch of CPMIS+ represents another key milestone in the Government’s efforts to provide accountable and professional social services and it will help to ensure no child, even in the most challenging circumstances, is left behind.”
“Today, we’re taking a crucial step towards keeping the extremely vulnerable children in our country safe. The CPIMS+ will strengthen our collective ability to identify these children, provide them with lifesaving services, and protect them from exploitation and abuse,”
Somalia Minister of Women and Human Rights Development
H.E. Hanifa M. Ibrahim
More than 30 partners, consisting of UN agencies and local NGOs, have subscribed to the CPIMS+. This translates to 190 users covering an estimated caseload of 25,000 children at risk in Somalia.
The content for this blog was taken from a UNICEF Somalia press release.
Photo credits: UNICEF Somalia/2021/Naftalin and UNICEF/Somalia/Ismail Taxta