Somalia Launched Child Protection Information System

Somalia launched an online Child Protection Information Management System (CPIMS+) to improve the protection of the country’s most vulnerable children.

“We’re taking a crucial step towards keeping the extremely vulnerable children – including children living in the streets, child survivors of sexual violence, children in conflict with the law, abandoned babies, and children without primary caregivers – 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,” said Hanifa Ibrahim, Somalia’s Minister of Women and Human Rights Development.

The ongoing conflict, recurring climatic shocks, poverty, and the socioeconomic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, hast put 1.8 million children in Somalia are at risk of violence, abuse, and neglect. Violence prevention and response services continue to be disrupted, and many parents and caregivers are facing increasing financial hardship and the possibility of losing their jobs.

The Federal Ministry of Women and Human Rights Development, UNICEF, and child protection partners collaborated to customize and implement the new information management system, which serves as a critical platform for professional social workers to coordinate social, legal, clinical, and psychosocial services for children in need.

“The adoption of innovative technologies provides a significant opportunity for safeguarding children in Somalia,” said UNICEF Somalia Representative, 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.”

The CPIMS+ provides child protection workers with easy-to-use digital forms to help them document cases management activities such as identification, registration, evaluation, case planning, referrals and transfers, and case closure.