World Vision International

Channels of Hope for Child Protection

Channels of Hope is a World Vision methodology that motivates and builds capacity in faith leaders and faith communities to engage with key child well-being issues. Channels of Hope for Child Protection is one adaptation of Channels of Hope that specifically addresses child protection issues including abuse, neglect, exploitation, harmful practices, supporting and advocating for children’s rights, promoting positive discipline, other forms of violence against children, and fostering a wider enabling environment to strengthen both formal and non-formal elements of the child protection system.

The Channels of Hope for Child Protection methodology is packaged into a facilitative and interactive workshop, grounded in guiding principles from the participants’ faith tradition(s) and sacred texts. The methodology aims to create a safe space for faith leaders and faith communities from various denominations and/or religions to learn, share and debate challenging issues related to violence against children. It seeks to address the root causes and deepest convictions that maintain harmful attitudes, norms and values. The goal of Channels of Hope for Child Protection is to motivate and equip faith communities to respond in meaningful ways to prevent and respond to violence against children, including restoring child survivors; to address sociocultural norms and attitudes that drive violence; promote peace and overcome violence; and strive for authentic justice that brings healing and reconciliation (see Key Outcomes below).

Learn more about the Channels of Hope process.

Channels of Hope for Child Protection FY17 implementing countries

Implementing countries: Albania, Angola, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Romania, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Key Outcomes

  1. Increased meaningful engagement and competence of faith community to address various forms of violence against children, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, violent punishment, birth registration, child marriage, child labour, access to education, female genital mutilation, teenage pregnancy, gender-based violence, preference for boy children, and more.
  2. Faith community addresses sociocultural norms that make children vulnerable, including increased action on behalf of the most vulnerable children, decreased willingness to engage with or support violence,increased embrace of the inherent dignity of all children, increased willingness and ability to engage in protective child-rearing practices (e.g., positive discipline), and increased awareness of and support for local laws.
  3. Increased policy advocacy to support justice for children, including child rights, reporting and referring, adhering to local child protection laws and disclosing violations.
  4. Religious institutions become safer for children (“child safe organisations”).
  5. Improved social cohesion in communities.

Evidence and Learning

Ongoing evidence building

From 2016 through 2021, World Vision, in partnership with Queen Margaret University (Scotland) and Columbia University (New York) has commissioned a global research study to collect and collate evidence from Channels of Hope for Child Protection interventions across a range of settings, to gauge the impact of engaging local faith communities in efforts to strengthen the protective environment supporting child well-being.

The research seeks to:

  1. Gauge the impact of engaging local faith communities in efforts to end violence against children
  2. Strengthen understanding of Faith Actors in WVI Child Protection Sector Approach & WVI Child Protection Theory of Change, in terms of  partnering with faith leaders to promote social and behavioural change that leads to improved child well-being
  3. Build evidence on the effectiveness of Channels of Hope for Child Protection intervention
  4. Build evidence on the pathways of change of the Channels of Hope model

Findings will be published throughout the research. Expected outputs include baseline, midline and endline reports for each country where the research is taking place (Senegal, Uganda, and Guatemala), consolidated final reports, two academic journal articles, and other communications materials.

Stories and videos of change

It takes a world to end violence against children campaign 

World Vision’s campaign, It takes a world to end violence against children, is igniting movements of people committed to keeping children safe from harm. Its name reflects the fact no one person, group or organisation can solve this problem alone and faith actors are essential in this movement. Check out faith-inspired organisations who are apart of a growing movement of people speaking out to end violence against children. 

Interested in implementing Channels of Hope for Child Protection?

Learn more about Channels of Hope by checking out the Channels of Hope project model. If you’d like to learn more about Channels of Hope or to check out the Facilitation Manual, please reach out to channels_of_hope@wvi.org.