In the Child Abuse Programme, we envision a world in which all children are protected from sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. Recognising that for many children these forms of abuse do not exist in isolation from other forms of abuse and violence, Oak supports initiatives that:


  • directly address sexual abuse and sexual exploitation; and/or
  • diminish other forms of abuse and violence that are related to or impact upon sexual abuse and sexual exploitation.

To support effective programming, the promotion of child rights, wellbeing and full development is at the heart of our funding.


We have a particular interest in promoting and supporting learning from the work of partners. This is done through the identification of learning opportunities within our existing partnerships as well as through new partnerships specifically designed to drive learning forward across the sector.


In 2014/2015 our team reviewed the Programme strategy and developed programme frames for each of our three focus areas:


Ending sexual exploitation

End the sexual exploitation of children by: reducing societal tolerance of the sexual exploitation of children; preventing entry of children into sexual exploitation; creating strong, enforceable legislative environments to protect children from sexual exploitation; and ensuring that children who are sexually exploited have access to a range of services that enhance their safety and wellbeing and support exit from sexual exploitation.


Engaging men and boys

Engage men and boys in combating the sexual abuse of children by: providing greater opportunities for men and boys to engage positively in children’s lives and to protect them from sexual abuse; increasing the respect between boys and girls for their different and equally valuable contributions to families and communities; addressing potential abusers; and reducing the incidence of sexual abuse of children and levels of recidivism.


Violence prevention and child protection, including children on the move and deinstitutionalisation and alternative care

Promote the prevention of violence against children and the protection of children from all forms of violence, including sexual violence.

In addition, initiatives that will be a feature of our work in the next five years include:

  • protecting children who move from their homes and are therefore especially vulnerable to abuse; and
  • ending the long-term placement of children in
    large, anonymous care institutions through the development of alternative solutions within families and communities.


As a Foundation, we aim to evaluate programme strategies every five years. We will begin a rolling process of programme reviews starting with our work in focus area 2. This will be followed in subsequent years by reviews of focus areas 1 and 3. We will publish the results on our website.






Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. With offices in Europe, Africa, India and North America, we make grants to organisations in approximately 40 countries worldwide.


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