SAVE THE CHILDREN LAUNCHES APP THAT HELPS REUNITE MISSING CHILDREN IN DAADAB WITH THEIR FAMILIES
MONDAY 14TH MARCH 2022
An app that enables the effective and efficient management of thousands of caseloads of unaccompanied or separated children in the Daadab Refugee Camp, has officially been launched.
The launch of the CPIMS+ (Child Protection Information Management System plus) app has been made successful by Save the Children, UNICEF, DRC, TDH and the Ministry of Public Service, Gender, Senior Citizens Affairs and Special Programmes.
Developed globally but customized for Kenya, the app uses sophisticated matching technology to pair tracing requests made by caregivers with records of children registered as separated or unaccompanied. All the information is stored in a safe, secure and protected way.
It contains a database of child protection cases, which frontline caseworkers can update and monitor in real-time, removing the need for paper-based work while in the field. This innovation will drastically reduce administration time, giving case managers more time to dedicate to supporting vulnerable children. Its ability to work across different agencies helps ensure continuity of support for each child registered in the system.
This initiative started in 2005 when Save the Children, UNICEF and the International Rescue Committee pioneered a way for agencies to safely share information relevant for Family Tracing and Reunification (FTR) work. It now supports more child protection activities like case management and incident monitoring in countries like Bangladesh and South Sudan.
The app will be a big boost to caseworkers and will come in handy to aid in daily caseload management, family tracing and overall child protection programming. Caseworkers play a major role in ensuring that unaccompanied and separated children are reunited with their families and kept away from harm. They also work under very strenuous conditions to reach every child who might be at risk of protection concerns.
With more than 420 million children across the globe living in a conflict zone and facing the risk of death, injury, abuse or separation from their families, the CPIMS+ will help organizations like Save the Children ensure that children are safe in the arms of the ones they love.