Professor Lucie Cluver, Professor Frances Gardner, Dr Franziska Meinck, Dr Jenny Doubt, Ms Janina Steinert, Ms Sally Medley, Ms Camille Wittesaele, Ms Rocio Herrero Romero, Mr Jamie Lachman (Department of Social Policy and Intervention)
Africa has the highest rates of child abuse in the world, but no programmes that have been shown to prevent this. Academics at Oxford University worked with the World Health Organisation, UNICEF and the University of Cape Town to create and scientifically test a series of free workshops to support families in bringing up their teenagers. The Sinovuyo Teen Programme took five years to develop and improve. It was tested in a large study with over a thousand people in forty villages and towns in South Africa. The results were published in the British Medical Journal Global Health in 2018. The programme reduced family violence, increased parental involvement and supervision of teenagers, reduced mental health and drug and alcohol use challenges, and improved budgeting, with families less likely to run out of food, electricity and transport money at the end of each month.
The programme is now recommended by the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children and is available on the World Health Organisation’s website.
It is being delivered to an estimated 300,000 families in Cote D’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, South Sudan, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Thailand, The Philippines, Uganda and Zimbabwe.