The Institute for Democracy, Citizenship and Public Policy in Africa (IDCPPA) and the Centre for Social Sciences Research at the University of Cape Town invites you to join us for a seminar on 06 June 2023 presented by Genieve Haupt-Ronnie (Community of Practice Officer, Global Parenting Initiative & Safety and Violence Initiative) and research team members from the Safety and Violence Initiative. Details to follow.

About the Seminar:

Violence against children is a global pandemic, with serious and potentially life-threatening consequences. According to the World Health Organisation, it is estimated that globally up to 1 billion children aged between 2-17 years, have experienced some form of violence, including physical, sexual or emotional violence or neglect or maltreatment (WHO, 2022). In most cases, child maltreatment occurs in familiar settings, including homes, schools, and communities. In Botswana, a national population-based survey of more than 8,000 adolescents found that 28.4% of females and 43.0% of males were victims of repeated physical violence; and the primary perpetrators included parents, adult caregivers, adult relatives, adult community members, and peers (MLG&RD

Prior to 2020, Botswana had very few programmes in place

to support parents/caregivers and effectively respond to the increase in the prevalence of the various types of violence against children and adolescents. Literature suggests that none of the adolescent-focused economic strengthening and HIV/AIDS prevention programmes targets parent/caregiver-adolescent pairs to tackle maltreatment. In 2020, the Department of Social Protection in the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, in collaboration with Stepping Stones International, joined the SUPER study to adapt, implement, and evaluate the Parenting for Lifelong Health programme for Teens (PLH-T). The PLH-T programme is a suite of rigorously tested and proven parenting interventions for reducing maltreatment of children and adolescents in low- and-middle-income countries. This presentation will share the preliminary qualitative findings of the aforementioned study, highlighting perspectives of teens, caregivers and programme coaches/facilitators and supervisors.


Genevieve Haupt Ronnie is the Community of Practice Lead for the Global Parenting Initiative (GPI) since March 2023 with the Safety and Violence Initiative (SaVI) at the CSSR. Tendai Mutembedza is a doctoral student in Psychology at the University of Cape Town. Natalie Davidson is a researcher at the University of Cape Town in the Centre for Social Science Research. Mukondi Nethavhakone is an MPhil in Public Mental Health student within the Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health at the University of Cape Town.

 06 June 2023
 12:45 - 14:00 SAST
  CSSR Seminar Room



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