In many cultures around the world, it is commonplace for children not to have similar rights to those in Scotland. Many children don’t attend school and are working instead, some marry at a young age and many experience harsh physical punishment.
Researchers at QMU are studying how faith leaders, their spouses, and faith communities can challenge the traditional values, norms, and practices that undermine child protection. Our team is working in three countries that differ in their religious backgrounds: Senegal (Muslim), Guatemala (Christian) and Uganda (a mixture of the two religions).
Faith leaders have significant influence in the communities of these countries. By exploring their influence, our researchers, Drs Carola Eyber and Kanykey Jailobaeva will help deepen the knowledge and understanding of the role that faith leaders, their spouses, and faith communities can play in child protection. The findings of our study can contribute to more effective programmes and projects implemented by international NGOs and donor organisations working with faith communities on child protection.
The study is funded by World Vision International.
The objective of the global study is to collect and collate evidence from Channels of Hope Child Protection interventions across a range of settings, to rigorously establish the impact of engaging local faith communities in efforts to strengthen the protective environment supporting child well-being.
March 2018 – Academic Paper - Eyber, C., Kachale, B., Shields, T. & Ager, A. (2018) The role and experience of local faith leaders in promoting child protection: a case study from Malawi. Intervention, 16 (1). Read this paper