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Parenting for Lifelong Health

CWBSA is a dissemination and capacity building agency of Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH), an initiative led by individuals from the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the Universities of Bangor, Cape Town, Oxford, and Stellenbosch.

PLH is committed to developing and testing a suite of effective, feasible, culturally relevant, and scalable parenting programmes to reduce the risk of violence against children and improve child wellbeing in low- and middle-income countries.

As a dissemination and capacity building agency of PLH, CWBSA is responsible for supporting partners in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of PLH interventions, including the PLH programmes for families with young children and adolescents aged 2 to 18 years (originally developed and tested in South Africa).

Parenting for Lifelong Health has developed and tested a range of in-person and digital parenting interventions, including PLH for Young Children Ages 2 to 9, PLH for Parents and Adolescents Ages 10 to 18 and the digital interventions ParentApp, ParentChat, and ParentText.

These interventions aim to reduce the risk of child maltreatment and improve child wellbeing among low-income, vulnerable families in low- and middle-income countries. The interventions are evidence-informed and grounded in collaborative social learning behavioural change techniques, using non-didactic methods such as group discussions, illustrated vignettes of parent-child interaction, role-plays to practise parenting skills, and home activities assignments to actively engage parents in positive parenting skills and nonviolent discipline approaches. The interventions include modules around budgeting, risk identification, and conflict management, and are designed to be relevant in contexts with high prevalence of HIV, sexual violence and/or intimate partner violence, with enhanced versions available for the programme for parents and teens.

CWBSA has also supported the development of a version of PLH Young Children targeting early childhood (1.5 to 5 years) in Kenya and a programme for reintegration of children (1 to 13 years) from institutional care in Uganda.

“She was beating me a lot. Since you brought my mother this phone, I have not been beaten. … She would … explain to me that I have done something wrong … and explain to me about things in her past that happened to her when she was still with her mother.”
– Teen, 16 years