Sub-Saharan Africa

A Familiar Face: Violence in the lives of children and adolescents

Posted By: • December 11th, 2017

A Familiar Face: Violence in the lives of children and adolescents uses the most current data to shed light on four specific forms of violence: violent discipline and exposure to domestic abuse during early childhood; violence at school; violent deaths among adolescents; and sexual violence in childhood and adolescence. Read More

Youth Participation in Development: A Guide for Development Agencies and Policy Makers

Posted By: • December 11th, 2017

This guide aims to increase understanding of the growing importance of, and greater potential for, youth participation in development practice and to explore key issues and approaches. But it goes beyond the rhetoric of many policy advocacy papers, which simply argue for a focus on youth participation. Rather, this guide provides information on how to actually work with youth at a practical operational level in respect of policy and programming. It does this through the provision of promising practice case studies (and their associated resources), and a number of quality standards that will help organisations to get started. Read More

Singing to the Lions: A Facilitator’s Guide to Overcoming Fear and Violence (Documents and Webinar Link)

Posted By: • January 22nd, 2017

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has released a new tool based on principles of psychosocial resilience, cognitive psychology and narrative therapy. Singing to the Lions is a guide for facilitators, to enable them help children and youth develop skills to resolve the impact of violence and abuse in their lives and to heal. The guide describes the steps in running a workshop for participants aged 11 to young adults. By the end of the workshop described in this guide, participants will learn that they can transform their lives and no longer feel dominated by fear. Although developed for young people, and including games, art and songs, the Singing to the Lions workshop can also be used with adults to help them manage their own anxiety, take action on aspects of their lives that cause fear, and in so doing, become better parents and caregivers. A supplement and data entry sheet, which are intended to be used with the guide, and a handout about the workshop are also available to download. Read More

The African Report on Child Wellbeing 2016 – Getting It Right: Bridging the Gap between Policy and Practice

Posted By: • January 15th, 2017

The African Report on Child Wellbeing series is a pan-African project intended to promote state accountability to children and mobilise legal, policy and administrative actions towards progressive realisation of the ideals and principles of the UN Charter on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC). The fourth edition of the Report builds on previous editions and findings of various studies undertaken by the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) and other child-focused organizations, which consistently show that there is insufficient progress on implementation of laws and polices pertaining to children. The report examines the underlying institutional, systemic and administrative barriers affecting effective implementation of the rights and wellbeing of children and is expected to initiate discussion and trigger action to narrow the gap between policy promises and their actual implementation. Read More

ECPAT Global Study on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism: Sub-Saharan Africa Report

Posted By: • January 15th, 2017

This regional report was prepared as a contribution to ECPAT International’s Global Study on the Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism (SECTT) and is based on research conducted in Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and Zambia. The Sub-Saharan Africa research consistently identifies the need to improve services for the protection of children against SECTT, including response efforts that are properly contextualized and designed to meet the needs of families and child victims. The paramount importance of parental care and family relationships for ensuring the protection of children against SECTT is also underscored, with the recommendation that multi-stakeholder approaches to addressing this issue must involve identifying culturally relevant and effective ways to strengthen the capacity of families and communities to care for and protect children. Read More

Introducing the Guidelines on Children’s Reintegration

Posted By: • September 7th, 2016

Reuniting with Families as First Priority 
The Inter-agency group on Children’s Reintegration just launched the Guidelines on Children’s Reintegration, which are intended to help governments, donors, NGOs, faith-based organisations and practitioners to pursue reintegration as the primary response in cases of separated children. Read More

Webinar on Resilience: from Research to Practice

Posted By: • April 10th, 2018

Building with Bamboo presented their shared learning panel, Resilience: from Research to Practice, on Wednesday 28 March 2018.  16 practitioners and researchers participated at the webinar, they had the opportunity to learn about the latest lessons and challenges experienced by Resilience Champions during the learning and innovation cycle 3, and also, to further discuss resilience in street-connected children. Please find here the webinar recording. Read More

Webinar on Case Management (Recording)

Contributed by a member of the RISE Community • March 25th, 2018

Case management provides a framework for the professional management of child protection projects. It is important that individuals implementing a case management system are well supported and understand it fully. Case management is an important resource in providing the highest quality service to vulnerable children in very challenging circumstances. Read More

A FACILITATOR’S GUIDE – Helping Partners Develop or Strengthen their Organizational Child Protection Policies

Posted By: • September 7th, 2017

Catholic Relief Services has developed a facilitator’s guide to help organizations develop or further strengthen their policies to protect children. This guide is meant to help partners increase their understanding of the issues involved in safeguarding children as well as best practices for organizations in creating safe, protective environments. Read More