Youth Volunteers for Development and Environment Conservation (YOVENCO)

Parenting without Violence PwV (Positive Parenting)



The violence-free parenting (VFP) common approach aims to prevent children from experiencing physical and humiliating punishment in the home. Through its implementation, fathers, mothers, and caregivers gain an increased understanding of child development, child rights, and positive parenting; partner and parent-child relationships are strengthened based on principles of non-violence, non-discrimination, and gender equality; and, girls and boys are empowered to express their views and feelings in the home, and to seek help when they feel Unsafe. 


The violence-free parenting common approach works with fathers, mothers, caregivers, communities, and children to transform harmful and discriminatory gender norms, power dynamics, and accepted practices that drive violence in the home. It also works with governments to strengthen systems and mechanisms that increase As a result, the violence-free parenting common approach supports the realization of PROTECTED breakthrough that, by 2030, violence against children is no longer tolerated. 


It also supports the realization of several UNCRC Articles, including Article 19 on the protection of children from abuse and neglect, as well as SDG 16.2 on ending abuse, exploitation, trafficking, and all forms of violence and torture against children. It provides a foundation to positive parenting that should be included in newborn care, nutrition, early learning, early childhood development, livelihood and cash transfers for parents and families and, youth and adolescent interventions in development and humanitarian settings to support the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of children and to achieve our SURVIVE and LEARN breakthroughs.


The violence-free parenting common approach is embedded in a socio-ecological framework a child-centered framework that focuses on the child, as an active citizen, in the context of their family, community, and society. This model helps to identify the risk and protective factors and drivers of violence at the different levels which need to be transformed or built upon to prevent and protect children from experiencing physical and humiliating punishment in the home. This framework also recognizes the interface and interactions between the different levels and the necessity to work holistically across all its dimensions to have a sustainable impact. As a preventive intervention, the violence-free parenting common approach focuses on social norms change and system strengthening in the same community at the same time. Leveraging the program with local and national authorities as well as with organizations and communities is also important to ensure sustainability and scale-up and to ensure that existing efforts and actions to end violence against children are acknowledged, given recognition, built upon, and strengthened.


The violence-free parenting common approach consists of four core components which have emerged from an analysis of different parenting interventions within and external to Save the Children


  1.  Providing fathers, mothers, and other caregivers with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to parent positively without using violence
  2. Empowering children, and working to ensure they can feel valued, respected and safe within their family and community
  3. Supporting communities so that they are willing and able to protect all children, girls and boys from violence.
  4. Strengthening equitable and gender-sensitive child protection systems.



Improving relationships and communications between parents/caregivers and children, as well as among fathers and mothers and other family members, and transforming discriminatory gender and power dynamics within families is fundamental to efforts to end violence against children (VAC) and to the violence free parenting common approach. These elements are therefore strongly and visibly integrated into each of the core components above in order to reduce gender and generational inequalities and patriarchy as drivers of violence against children in the home and intimate partner violence.


It’s therefore against this need, that SC Somalia/SL country office is organizing a 2 days validation workshop for its partner and SC program staff respectively. The principle aim of this training is that participants understand and familiarize themselves on the following key objectives.


For more detailed information please contact the project officer.


Name: Ayan Mohamed Ahmed

Title: program manager