CCSS-Z is a mixed-methods study that works with partners in Zimbabwe to support the design and intervention of a child safeguarding intervention in Catholic Primary schools. The study consists of qualitative research being conducted alongside the development of the intervention, a process evaluation, and an impact evaluation.
The study is a collaboration between LSHTM, Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference (ZCBC), Academic Research Centre (ARC), Q Partnership and Porticus in Zimbabwe.
This project is part of the Child Protection Research Group.
The Child-friendly Catholic Schools Study in Zimbabwe (CCSS-Z) is a mixed methods study into an intervention that seeks to prevent and respond to violence against children in Catholic Primary schools in Zimbabwe, designed and implemented by the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference (ZCBC).
The ZCBC Child Safeguarding Intervention for primary schools builds on the prior development of a national child safeguarding policy for the Catholic Church and its associated institutions. Following a small pilot in Bulawayo, this programme will be the first comprehensive intervention for child safeguarding implemented by the Catholic Church in Zimbabwe within their schools It involves actors within the Catholic Church, schools administration, teachers, pupils and community-members to raise awareness about violence against children, offers training and capacity building in alternative discipline methods and in identifying and responding to violence in schools. The aim being to bring to life the national policy into the daily culture and practice of Catholic primary schools.
The CCSS-Z will support the design and implementation of the intervention at all stages. Research methods include qualitative approaches to support intervention design and refinement, M&E and a process evaluation and survey development for a pilot trial and an impact evaluation. This will offer findings into this intervention to prevent violence in Catholic schools in Zimbabwe, and into faith-based approaches to preventing violence in schools more broadly.
CCSS-Z is led by LSHTM in collaboration with Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference (ZCBC), Academic Research Centre (ARC), Q Partnership and Porticus in Zimbabwe.
LSHTM will lead the CCSS-Z evaluation and oversees all research activities.
Porticus is the funder and provides programme coordination and overall management.
ZCBC are leading on the programme design and are the intervention implementers.
Q Partnership takes the lead on data collection in Zimbabwe.
ARC provides specialist consultancy on education and child protection and on qualitative research methods.
- Karen Devries – Principal Investigator
- Ellen Turner – Research fellow / Study Manager
- Camilla Fabbri – Research fellow
- Sr. Dr Annah Theresa Nyadombo – ZCBC National Education and Safeguarding Coordinator
- Dorcas Mgugu – Programme Manager
- Prof. Charles Nherera – Education Consultant
- Dr. Tendai Nhenga-Chakarisa – Child Protection Consultant
- Deborah Barron – Project Manager
- Maggie Magadza – Project Coordinator
- Dr. Robert Nyakuwa – Research and Learning advisor
- Caroline Trigg – Director of Research
- Sarah Rank – Programme Manager
- Joachim Krapels – Senior Analyst