A study of the drivers of violence against children

Positive change in Tanzania and Zanzibar

VAC Tanzania


Violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation are daily realities for a large number of children in Tanzania. Adults and others in roles of nurture and authority – are frequently perpetrators of violence against children (VAC). The experience of violence erodes the strong foundation that children need for leading healthy and productive lives and violates the fundamental rights of children to a safe childhood. All these affect Tanzania’s growth and future as a nation.

In 2014–2015, UNICEF Tanzania, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender and Children, commissioned a study to explore socio-cultural norms and practices that contribute to violence against children (VAC) in collaboration with Ministry for Community Development, Gender and Children and examined effective strategies to change these. The study was undertaken by the Centre for Applied Childhood Studies, University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom, working in partnership with Mzumbe University in Tanzania.

VAC Study
Centre for Applied Childhood Studies,University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom, in partnership with Mzumbe University in Tanzania
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