Eastern African Regional Meeting of Partners - putting the protection of children and adolescents from all forms of violence at the heart of communities

The regional meeting of partners of Oak Foundation’s Child Abuse Programme reflected on a number of new initiatives being undertaken to promote the prevention of violence to children, including sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. Four major themes emerged:
 
1. Understanding the theme
2. Evidence based programming
3. Improving practice
4. Issues for further reflection

In conjunction with the Learning Event, the Programme organized a 2-day partners meeting on the 29th and 30th May 2014. The meeting focused on putting the protection of children and adolescents from all forms of violence at the heart of communities.

Partners Meeting Report

Putting the protection of children and adolescents from all forms of violence at the heart of communities – Meeting Report

Through a series of panels and plenaries, the following issues were explored.
   
Moving beyond response to prevention

•    Moving beyond response: Integrating primary prevention into violence against children programming, Lori Heise, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Preventing and responding to child sexual exploitation

•    Domestic work, sexual abuse and exploitation in Ethiopia and Tanzania, Annabel Erulkar, Population Council
•    Global and Regional Advocacy Work to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation, Dorothy Rozga, ECPAT
•    Preventing Child Exploitation and Abuse: A social norms approach, Lori Heise, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
 
Prevention of perpetration of sexual abuse

•    Preventing the Perpetration of Child Sexual Abuse, Donald Findlater, The Lucy Faithfull Foundation
     
Working with men and boys to address violence against children including the sexual abuse of children
    
•    Sexual Violence in the Lives of Children: Mobilizing Men for Prevention and Response, Alan Greig, Oak Foundation Consultant
•    Engaging Men and Boys for the Promotion of Children’s Rights and Protection in Africa, Itumeleng Komanyane and Tapiwa Manyati, Sonke Gender Justice
•    Preventing Violence against Children: The Experience of Raising Voices, Raising Voices

Primary prevention of violence against children

•    Primary Prevention: Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence and Violence against Children, Elizabeth Dartnall, Sexual Violence Research Institute
•    Parenting for Good behaviour and Respectability: Pilot intervention to reduce SGBV and Child Maltreatment in Uganda, Godfrey Siu, Makerere University
•    Formative Assessment on Primary Prevention of School Based violence and Parenting Interventions in Tanzania, Samuel Likindikoki, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences
•    Promoting education for all through addressing sexual violence against children in schools and communities, ActionAid Tanzania
•    Prevention of Gender Based Violence in Zanzibar, Pathfinder

Prevention of family separation and provision of alternative care services

•    Prevention of family separation and provision of alternative care services, Claudine Nyinawagaga, Hope and Homes for Children
•    Prevention of family separation and provision of alternative care services – outline, Claudine Nyinawagaga, Hope and Homes for Children
•    Guidelines for Alternative Care of Children, Valens Nkurikiyinka, Better Care Network

Learning action partnership

•    Strategy for Promoting Partnership to Prevent Violence against Children, Learning Action Partnership, Fassil Mariam, Oak Foundation
•    Progress, Challenges, and Lessons Learnt, Lishan Woldemedhin, Child Research and Practice Forum