Functions of DCS 2018-12-21T10:59:02+00:00

Functions of DCS

The following are the key functions of the Department of Children Services;

  • Provide appropriate services to children in need of care and protection;
  • Establish and manage statutory children institutions ( Section 47 of CA)
  • Safeguard the welfare of any child or children placed under care, by virtue of a court order;
  • Provide assistance and procure accommodation for any child not in proper custody, any child who is abandoned or any  child who is in need of refuge or safety;
  • Trace, re-integrate and provide after care services to children in need of care and protection;
  • reunify lost or abandoned children separated with their parents,  return and or re-intergrate a lost or abandoned child to his lawful place of residence;
  • Respond to cases of child abuse, neglect, exploitation and intervene on behalf of any child who is in need of care and protection and is in danger of imminent injury or harm, where possible by securing the removal of such child to a place of safety;
  • Provide and co-ordinate alternative family care services locally and internationally;
  • strengthen the capacities of families taking care of vulnerable children, separated children and children at risk;
  • provide emergency response and rescue services to children;
  • mediate, in so far as permitted under this Act, in family disputes involving children, and their parents, guardians or other persons who have parental responsibility in respect of the children, and promote family reconciliation;
  • provide psychosocial support services for children and their families;
  • build the capacity of children to participate in national, regional and international affairs;
  • establish and coordinate area advisory councils;
  • prepare and present Kenya’s state report under international and regional treaties