Ending Violence Against Children Scoping Study Brief 2.

This is one brief in a series of two concerning faith-based action to end violence against children. Its purpose is to inform faith actors, development practitioners, policymakers, and donors about the global contributions of faith communities to prevent and respond to violence against children. These briefs summarise key findings from a scoping study commissioned in 2018 by the Ending Violence against Children Hub of the Joint Learning Initiative for Local Faith Communities (JLI).

This three-stage process reviewed academic and grey literature, case studies, and carried out consultations with practice based experts in the field of ending violence against children. Researchers reviewed 172 documents, collated six case studies, and interviewed 14 experts. The scoping study explored the contributions of faith communities in both ending and contributing to violence against children, and their role in child protection systems more broadly.

The JLI published the compendium of three interdependent reports in June 2019. The scoping study adopted a multi-faith lens and covered a range of geographic regions and faiths. Senior researchers from two collaborating academic institutions in the Global North and the South carried out the research. The research included interviews conducted with experts within Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim contexts. This brief focuses on engaging faith actors to end violence against children.


Suggested citation: Palm, S. and Eyber, C. (2019) ‘Why faith? Engaging faith mechanisms to end violence against children.’ Briefing Paper. Washington DC: Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities Ending Violence Against Children Hub.


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