PARENTING FOR LIFELONG HEALTH
CWBSA’s work in addressing the impact of violence against children and the promotion of child wellbeing begun in 2004 through the implementation of a variety of arts-based interventions. Over the past 12 years, the organisation has been working in prevention and child violence reduction work in sub-Saharan Africa reaching over 400,000 beneficiaries, affected by risk factors such as poverty and HIV/AIDS, in low- and middle-income contexts. Considering that children are cared for primarily within the context of family, CWBSA has been involved in initiatives focused on empowering parents and caregivers to provide a protective environment where children can grow safely. As a member of an international collaboration known as the Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH) Implementation Network, CWBSA is the primary implementation partner responsible for the dissemination of two evidence-informed parent training interventions aimed at strengthening families and reducing violence against children at home and in their communities.
CONTENT AND APPROACH
Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH) is a suite of are evidence-informed parenting interventions that use social learning and parent management training principles to reduce the risk of child maltreatment within families and improve parent-child relationships. Currently, CWBSA offers two of these programmes – PLH for Young Children (known in South Africa as Sinovuyo Kids) and the PLH for Adolescents (known in South Africa as Sinovuyo Teens). PLH for Young Children targets high-risk caregivers of children ages 2 to 9, while PLH for Adolescents targets caregivers and their teens aged 10 to 17 years. The programmes equip parents with skills to parent positively and develop healthy relationships with their children.
The programmes are informed by international evidence and have been evaluated using rigorous methods. CWBSA provides technical assistance and capacity building services to organisations to implement and manage the Sinovuyo Caring Families Programmes for vulnerable children and teens. These services are provided in the form of training, coaching and technical capacity development to ensure integration and long-term sustainability of the programme.
To find out more about specific programmes, please click on the following links below.