One of the most common forms of violence against children in East Africa is physical violence perpetrated by school staff, but no interventions to reduce this violence have been rigorously evaluated for effectiveness. The Good School Toolkit, developed by Ugandan NGO Raising Voices, aims to reduce this and other violence against children in schools. In 2012, Raising Voices approached LSHTM for assistance to evaluate the impact of the Good School Toolkit in Ugandan primary schools.
From 2012-2015, we conducted the Good Schools Study, which included:
- a cluster randomised controlled trial in 42 Ugandan primary schools
- a qualitative study
- a process evaluation
- an economic evaluation
We showed that the Toolkit reduced past week physical violence from school staff to students by 42%, and improved students’ feelings of well being and connection to schools. The Toolkit is freely available from Raising Voices.
- Principal Investigator (LSHTM): Dr Karen Devries
- Principal Investigator (Raising Voices): Dipak Naker
- Study manager: Louise Knight (LSHTM), Jennifer Child
- Lead qualitative researcher: Dr Nambusi Kyegombe (LSHTM, MRC/UVRI)
- Economist: Dr Guilia Greco (LSHTM)
- Statistician: Dr Elizabeth Allen (LSHTM)
- Co-investigators: Dr Eddy Walakira (Makerere University), Dr Jenny Parkes (UCL-Institute of Education), Prof Charlotte Watts (LSHTM), Prof Diana Elbourne (LSHTM)
- Monitoring and evaluation leads: Janet Nakuti, Angel Mirembe (Raising Voices)
- Implementation lead: Willington Ssekadde (Raising Voices)
- Are school-level factors characteristics associated with students’ experience of physical violence from school staff in Uganda?
- The Good School Toolkit for reducing physical violence from school staff to primary school students: A cluster-randomised controlled trial in Uganda
- “I never expected that it would happen, coming to ask me such questions”: Ethical aspects of asking children about violence in resource poor settings
- Violence against primary school children with disabilities in Uganda: a cross-sectional study
- School violence, mental health and educational performance in Ugandan primary school children: A cross-sectional survey
- Responding to Abuse: Children’s Experiences of Child Protection in a Central District, Uganda
- The Good Schools Toolkit to prevent violence against children in Ugandan primary schools: study protocol for cluster-randomised controlled trial
- Good School Toolkit ‘wins’ at SVRI
- Empowering Uganda’s teachers to reduce violence in schools
- Violence by teachers almost halved in primary schools – LSHTM blog
- Empowering Uganda’s teachers offers a new route to reducing violence in schools – The Conversation blog
- Violence against children and disability
- Violence against children with disabilities
Read an overview of our research in this field.
Image credit: Raising Voices