Ending Violence Against Children Scoping Study Brief 1.

This is one brief in a series of two on faith-based action to end violence against children globally. These briefs are intended for faith actors, development practitioners, policymakers, and donors. Both briefing papers summarise key findings from a 2018 scoping study commissioned by the Ending Violence against Children (EVAC) Hub of the Joint Learning Initiative for Local Faith Communities.

This three-stage process reviewed academic and grey literature, called for case-study submissions, and carried out direct consultations with practice-based experts in this field: 172 documents reviewed, 6 case studies collated, and 14 experts interviewed. The study explored the contributions of faith communities to ending violence against children and their roles in wider child protection systems. In June 2019, the JLI published these as a compendium of three interdependent reports.

The study adopted a multi-faith lens and covered a range of geographic regions and faiths as well as interviewing experts within Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim contexts. Senior researchers in two collaborating academic institutions in the Global North and South conducted the work.

This brief highlights the potential and current roles faith communities play in responding to violence against children, as well as critically analysing some of the challenges for faith communities that emerged from the scoping study. Finally, it shares key issues for practice and policy, and recommendations for future research.


Suggested citation: Eyber, C. and Palm, S. (2019) ‘A mixed blessing: roles of faith communities in ending violence against children.’ Briefing Paper. Washington D C: Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities Ending Violence Against Children Hub.


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