Faith Communities' Contribution to Ending Violence against Children
Faith leaders, their spouses and faith communities play a critical role in shaping community social norms and catalysing shifts in attitudes and behaviours that can protect children more effectively.
Channels of Hope for Child Protection (CoH CP) is a World Vision attitude and social norm change project model that works specifically with faith leaders, their spouses, and faith communities to strengthen the protective environment and end violence against children.
Between 2016-2021, World Vision partnered with Queen Margaret University and Columbia University to study how CoH for CP equips faith leaders and faith communities in Senegal, Uganda, and Guatemala to take action to reduce violence in their local communities and at higher levels of society.
Channels of Hope for Child Protection motivated faith leaders and their spouses to protect children
Increased opposition to child marriage
Increased opposition to corporal punishment
Increased willingness to report child abuse
Research Brief: Discover what Channels of Hope for Child Protection can do
Read the research brief to learn more about how Channels of Hope for Child Protection changed attitudes and mobilised faith leaders, their spouses, and faith communities to better protect children from violence.
Thematic Briefs: Learn more about the impact of the research
Research finds that engagement with religious texts was key in mobilising faith leaders to improve the lives of children.
Research shows how engaged and motivated faith communities can make big changes for children in their communities.
Perspectives from Local Faith Leaders
Listen to local faith leaders from Senegal, Guatemala, and Uganda about the new perspective they have on their sacred religious texts due to Channels of Hope for Child Protection. See how they are interpreting these texts for increased child protection.
Links to Academic Articles and Publications Featuring the Research
Child Protection Practices and Attitudes of Faith Leaders Across Senegal, Uganda, and Guatemala | The Review of Faith and International Affairs, Volume 19, Issue 1
“When a child has not made 18 years and you marry her off … don’t bother to invite me! I will not come”: the role and involvement of faith leaders’ wives in child protection issues | International Development and Local Faith Actors: Ideological and Cultural Encounters, Edited by Kathryn Kraft and Olivia J. Wilkinson (Full book here)
Learn More about Channels of Hope for Child Protection
Learn more about World Vision's Channels of Hope for Child Protection model and how we engage Faith Leaders, their spouses, and faith communities in the work to end violence against children.
A System's Approach to Child Protection
World Vision uses a systems approach to address root causes of violence against girls and boys by empowering key actors to work together to create a protective environment that cares for and supports all children, especially the most vulnerable.