Zimbabwe has been commended for the sound child protection system with regional member countries encouraged to emulate the country’s case management system for the welfare and protection of children.

With 13 African countries represented at the Sub-Saharan Africa regional case management learning platform meeting being hosted by Zimbabwe, the country’s efforts over the years in developing a sound child protection system have not gone unnoticed with many regional countries expressing their willingness to learn from Zimbabwe’s model.

The symposium is aimed at strengthening the regional countries’ child protection systems and accelerating the implementation of the case management model.

UNICEF Country Representative, Dr Mohamed Ag Ayoya, who commended Zimbabwe for the sound child protection regulatory framework and political will, said the region stands to benefit from taking a leaf from the country’s implementation of the case management approach in child protection.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Mr Ngoni Masoka said Zimbabwe has committed itself to consolidate the gains made in child protection, adding that the ministry has prioritised improving the welfare of the child care workers.

The case management approach focuses on standardised response service system that protects children from abuse, violence, and exploitation.