Vision

Justice for all children in Kenya.

Mission

To advocate for the protection of the rights and welfare of children through the provision of free legal aid and related services by working together with other stakeholders (namely, the Government departments, civil society organizations, parents, children, among others). And to support and advocate for mobilization of adequate human and budgetary resources at National and county levels.

INTRODUCTION

The Children’s Legal Action Network (CLAN) was founded in 1998 by the Coalition on Child Rights and Child Protection, a network of government and non-governmental child protection organizations in Kenya, which was being coordinated by African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN).  It was registered as at Trust in May 2000 to operate in Kenya.  CLAN was formed to undertake the following:

Objectives

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<li>To provide free court assistance for children in conflict with the law and children in need of special protection through legal representation and watching brief.</li>
<li>To actively participate in legislative and policy reforms in child related statutes all levels namely national, county and sub-county levels</li>
<li>To provide training and capacity building for law enforcement officials dealing with children and training of paralegals.</li>
<li>To raise community awareness on child abuse and neglect and public education on the laws pertaining to or protecting the child.</li>
<li>To enhance and facilitate networking and partnerships among stakeholders in the area of child rights and child protection at national and devolved levels</li>
<li>To promote stakeholders and children participation in policy planning and budgeting at National and county levels and engaging in CIDPs,Annual plans guided by the Public Finance management Act provisions.</li>
<li>To undertake applied research on children legal matters and production of relevant IEC materials</li>
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<h2 style=”text-align: center;”><strong>CLAN’S PERFORMANCE RECORD</strong></h2>
<em>Since its inception CLAN has been able to undertake the following activities<em>

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<li><strong>Provision of Legal Aid and Psycho-social Support</strong><em>:</em> CLAN has conducted legal aid clinics, represented children in civil cases through a well established pool of pro-bono lawyers, watched briefs in criminal cases and instituted public litigation cases.  It has also provided <em>psycho-social support</em> to children and their families.</li>
<li><strong>Law and Policy Reform</strong><em>:</em> CLAN actively participated in the development of the Children’s Act of 2001, as well as, its review. It also contributed to the process that led to the enactment of the Sexual Offences Act, as well as making an invaluable contribution to the development of the National children’s policy and reporting on international and regional children rights treaties and CSO forums involvement.</li>
<li><strong>Advocacy, Awareness Raising and Capacity Building</strong><em>:</em> CLAN has trained paralegals and law enforcement agencies; carried out media campaigns, and produced Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials to raise awareness on children’s rights, as well as, publicizing violations of children’s rights. The Organization has also done advocacy and lobbying with an aim of reviewing pertinent laws or formulating new laws. Local communities have been sensitized through awareness raising campaigns, and the Kenyan media has been supported to enable them to mediate informed public debates on children’s rights. The media has also been supportive in providing public information that contributed to promoting child protection by highlighting and exposing aspects of child abuse. CLAN went further and created awards for journalists who report children issues effectively.</li>
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<li><strong>Research, documentation and information sharing</strong><em>:</em> CLAN has contributed to developing publications and packaging tailored information for different audiences such as children, paralegal workers, legal practitioners and scholars.</li>
<li><strong>National Policy support &amp; Advocacy: </strong>CLAN has supported awareness and education of partners on the provisions of vision 2030 and children rights and budgeting for children and budget transparency.</li>
<li><strong>Internship for students</strong><em>: </em>CLAN spread and shared its vision and mission through internship, providing opportunity for many graduates of law to join the organization as interns. In so doing CLAN hoped to awaken sufficient passion for children’s rights in young lawyers in order to attract them to join the fight for children’s right in partnership with CLAN or with other organizations.</li>
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