ARCED Foundation conducted the baseline study of the "Stop Tolerating Violence Against Children (STVAC)" project from 2017 to 2021, which was implemented by BLAST and Save the Children. In Bangladesh
A baseline study of Stop Tolerating Violence Against Children (STVAC) - BLAST
ARCED Foundation conducted the baseline study of the "Stop Tolerating Violence Against Children (STVAC)" project from 2017 to 2021, which was implemented by BLAST and Save the Children. In Bangladesh, the STVAC project aimed to eradicate child abuse, labor, exploitation, trafficking, and all types of violence and torture against children.
The study followed the mixed-method approach on primary data pertaining to the prevalence of and reasons for PHP and SGBV towards children in rural and urban areas. Several legal and policy frameworks were brought under the scope of this project which concerned the child labor, Physical and Humiliating Punishment (PHP) against children, acts on corporal punishment, and judgment.
A total of 402 households were surveyed along with KIIs and FGDs, intending to identify the existing status, knowledge, attitudes, and practices of the occurrence of PHP and SGBV targeted at children. This topic sensitive project allowed us to build rapport with respondents. Parents and children participated in separate FGDs, and the children's FGDs were segregated by age and also to perform case studies with two children who had PHP and three children with SGBV. The respondents were selected from specific areas of 5 districts of Bangladesh (Dhaka, Chittagong, Moulvibazar, Rajshahi, and Chapai Nawabganj).
Through the extensive study, we were able to identify the current situation of PHP and SGBV the children experience, as well as existing service providers to prevent violence against children along with the evaluation of the current knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding PHP in the family and the education system. We also developed a nutritional assessment report to BLAST and a comprehensive baseline study report, as well as specific recommendations for improving the project's outcome in the future.
Data: Mix-Method Study
Method: Snowball Sampling
Provided the nutritional assessment report to BLAST
Identify the present situation of PHP and SGBV that the children experience and existing service providers to prevent violence against children
Identified the major obstacles to protect children from PHP and SGBV within the existing justice system
Provide recommendations based on the key findings of the baseline evaluation