The Watch 24/7 project aims to support children victims/survivors of Online Child Sexual Exploitation (OCSE) in Nairobi, Kisumu, and Mombasa to receive care and support through counselling, rescue, referral and education. The project also aims to equip children with requisite knowledge and skills to engage in the safe use of the internet and be able to report abuse and ensure that placement of children victims of OCSE are placed in shelters that adhere to the minimum standards of alternative care as well as explore other options available such as placement of children in need of care and protection into foster families. The Watch 24/7 project is funded by the National Postcode Lottery and implemented by Terre des Hommes Netherlands and ChildLine Kenya.
The internet offers opportunities for child development, but it also provides an anonymous platform for online child sexual exploitation (OCSE), for example through live-streaming child sexual abuse, soliciting of nude photos of children, sex-texting, grooming among others. Being the largest easily accessible, single source of information, reference material, and resources, the Internet has been a positive catalyst for innovation, education, and economic growth, it has also enabled those who would harm children by making it easier for them to produce, access and share child sexual abuse materials.
With the increased use of technology by children in Kenya, in particular use of mobile phones and wireless internet and the popularity of cybercafés, movie shops have more and more children in contact with the online world.
Though ICT offers children enormous benefits and opportunities, one could also associate it with serious risks of harm and violence, including Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse(OCSEA). The increased connectivity has exacerbated online abuse committed against children where online tools and/or services are used.
VICTIMS: Children victims/survivors of OCSE are supported with child protection services
The project will provide appropriate support and care for the children survivors/victims of OCSE by ensuring they have access to psychosocial support, rescue, education, legal aid as well as health services.
SUPPLY: OCSE promoters prosecuted successfully
This involves mapping and identification of cyberdens and networks encouraging OCSE within the counties. The project will also target movie/video screening shops, private villas and cottages particularly in the coastal region where OCSE is happening as a new trend.
DEMAND: Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA) have the capacity to conduct online identification of OCSE perpetrators
This involves building the capacity of LEA on OCSE to equip them with requisite skills and knowledge to handle and address OCSE cases reported to them. A software and tools to be used in conducting identification of perpetrators, investigations and gathering of evidence will be developed in close consultation and collaboration with LEAs.
We are committed to stopping online child exploitation in Kenya.
Children are less vulnerable to online exploitation & Survivors of online exploitation have access to care and support
Communities protect children from OCSE and support in identification of cyberdens
Kenyan government,CSOs and law enforcement develop a software that facilitates tracking down, investigation, arrest and prosecution of online perpetrators
Together, we can protect our children from online sexual exploitation. Keep an eye out on our website and social media pages for project progress updates.