Five Days of Violence Prevention | Parenting as a pathway to violence prevention
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Parenting as a pathway to violence prevention

An interactive roundtable discussion

Parenting programmes and policies are increasingly acknowledged as valuable elements in developing comprehensive responses towards preventing violence against children, and also violence amongst adults, yet this work is woefully unacknowledged and poorly supported in practice. This roundtable will examine the value and opportunities for policies and programmes to reach parents in the context of violence prevention, and discuss some of the barriers to effective implementation.

The roundtable is planned for the end of the first day (from 16h00-17h30), and will aim to establish the theme of parenting and violence prevention as a focal theme for the following four days. Each speaker will present a short set of inputs, and then the group will have a discussion that will include the audience.

Facilitator

Diketso Mufamadi
Institute for Security Studies

Speakers

Nomagugu Masuku-Mukadah
Technical Programme Specialist (Parenting for Lifelong Health) at Clowns Without Borders South Africa

An overview of how, and where in the world, policymakers, program developers and implementing organisations are paying increasing attention to parenting as catalytic to violence prevention.

Duduzile Skhosana
Gauteng Child Protection Project Manager at Save the Children SA

The costs of VAC in SA report highlights important facts about the costs of violence against children, and raises the dire need for political will in order for prevention of VAC to be prioritized. The findings from a recent costing study in South Africa are matched with stories from the life histories of violent offenders.

Wilmi Dippenaar
Director at The Seven Passes Initiative

Parenting programmes with promising findings add immense value where they are able to be implemented. The Sinovuyo programme is now being implemented in the rural community of Touwsranten in South Africa as a part of package of parenting programmes, and provides valuable lessons for implementation.

Mayke Huijbregts
Director of Child Protection, UNICEF SA

South Africa is also accountable to various global treaties and mechanisms that assist in prevention of violence. Not least of these is the SDG framework. UNICEF will present on the relevant SDG’s related to violence against children, and highlight the importance of integrating primary and secondary prevention efforts.