Summary

The three year “empowering communities to protect children” intervention seeks to promote violence-free communities by addressing protection needs of 3,000 children in 2 sub counties, Matidi and Lagoro, in Kitgum District, Northern Uganda. It utilises a community-based approach to preventing violence against children, promoting increased investment in the child protection sector and access to improved child protection services.

This impact evaluation study brings together researchers from the AfriChild Centre and practitioners from ChildFund to assess different aspects of this childhood violence prevention program. The evaluation employs a quasi-experimental design to assess impact of the project in ensuring that children living in project areas are safe and well protected from all forms of violence at family and community levels. In order to establish the impact of the project, the evaluation will conduct research in the neighbouring Pader District for comparison purposes.

Research Questions

Does training Child Protection stakeholders result into functional community-based Child Protection systems for prevention of violence against children?

Does equipping child protection structures with knowledge, skills, financial and material resources on case management improve access to child protection services?

Does legislation and dissemination of relevant child protection laws lead to improved implementation and enforcement for prevention of violence against children?

Does equipping children with knowledge and skills in child protection, make them indispensable change agents for addressing violence against children?

What evidence exists to show that the project interventions to prevent violence against children at family and community level in post-conflict setting will be sustainable?

What are the critical enablers of project success, and what should be avoided for future similar interventions in and out of post-conflict settings?