Child protection practices and attitudes of faith leaders across Senegal, Uganda, and Guatemala
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Jailobaeva, K., Diaconu, K., Ager, A. & Eyber, C. (2021) Child protection practices and attitudes of faith leaders across Senegal, Uganda, and Guatemala. The Review of Faith & International Affairs, 19(1), pp. 95-110.
Faith leaders are well-positioned to address violence against children, but the extent to which they do so is unclear. This mixed-method study examined faith leaders’ child protection practices, attitudes towards child rights, and views around physical punishment in Senegal, Uganda, and Guatemala. Child protection practices—specifically listening to children and reporting abuse—were strongest among faith leaders in Uganda, although they also most favored use of physical punishment. Overall, findings documented how faith leaders play an important role in promoting the wellbeing of children in their communities. Building on this contribution, however, requires sensitivity to important contextual differences.