An Assessment of Collaboration between Community-Based Informal Approaches and Government Formal Child Protection Structures in Mwingi Central-Sub County, Kitui County

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Effective child protection framework requires a holistic approach where all actors are involved. This study was conceived to assess the level of collaboration between community–based informal approaches and government formal child protection structures in Mwingi central sub county. The study adopted mixed methods research design where data collection and analysis was done through both qualitative and quantitative methods. Both probability and non-sampling procedures were used to select a total of 433 respondents who included 399 adult members of the households, 24 children aged between 12-17 years and 10 key informants who participated in this study. The study was guided by the systems theory and the collecteddata was analyzed through thematic content analysis and descriptive statistics which involved the use of Statistical Packagefor Social Science (SPSS) version 20. The study results showed that there was poor close working relationship betweenstructured child protection systems and community-based informal structures and the working relationship between the twoapproaches was greatly hampered by factors like: low visibility of government officials within the study region, communitymistrust of government officials, and corruption by some government officials. The study recommends that there should morecollaborative effort in child protection for better results.




Collaboration, Child, Protection, Community, Informal, Formal


Kithome, T. M., Shanyisa, W. M. & Asatsa S. (2021). An assessment of collaboration between community-based informal approaches and government formal child protection structures in Mwingi Central Sub-county, Kitui County. Journal of Research Innovation and Implications in Education, 5(3), 116 – 126.