Child Friendly Spaces Research – Uganda Field Study Summary Report

This study is the second in a series of structured evaluations planned over a three-year period. Each study builds upon the next and will establish an evidence base, on which to draw broader lessons for practice and implementation of operational research in the field of CFSs and other psychosocial programming in emergencies.

Some interesting findings include the following:
1. Children attending CFSs were more likely to acquire developmental assets and sustain psychosocial well-being compared to children not attending CFSs.
2. Promotion of developmental assets and protection of psychosocial well-being were more evident for children attending high quality CFS.
3. These findings suggest important potential promotive and protective functions of CFSs, particularly when implemented in line with quality standards and (as suggested with boys) with consistent attendance.
4. most participants identified traditional structures of support, such as nyumba kumi and village leaders, or formal coordination structures as key links to services and referral networks. This suggests the value of CFS programmes supporting existing structures of protection and strengthening local ability to provide referrals and services for survivors of physical and sexual violence.

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