CRC selected recommendations from November 2005:

  1. The abolishment in the law of corporal punishment in all settings concerning the child;
  2. The implementation and development of a new Uganda National Programme of Action for Children under the auspices of the Convention and the ratifed Protocols;
  3. The strengthening of its efforts to ensure that the provisions of the Convention and the ratifed Protocols are widely acknowledged by adults and children. Therefore, this stresses the need to reinforce systematic training of all concerned professional groups.
Political will and coordination The Permanent Secretary of Gender, Labour and Social Development is the appointed focal point to prevent and respond to VAC in Uganda. The focal point person coordinates multisectoral and partner efforts to end VAC in the country. The National Action Plan for Child Well-Being 2016–2021 acknowledges that individuals, families, communities and government leaders all have a role to play to create a social safety net for children. The Children’s Act was amended in 2016 to ban corporal punishment in schools, among other actions. The Amendment Bill, however, fell short of a full ban also in the home. Uganda accepted several recommendations in the UPR of 2016 to protect children from all forms of violence, so a clear opportunity to proceed to full prohibition of corporal punishment exists.
Consultation In 2012, the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development established the national Child Protection Working Group, which operates within its institutional framework and mandate. The Working Group draws on the expertise and resources of child protection agencies. By the close of 2014, the Working Group comprised 40 active national child protection stakeholders drawn from government institutions, the United Nations and civil society, led by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development. Members meet bimonthly while the Working Group standing committees organized around particular focus areas meet at least once a month to deliberate on the implementation of activities within the Working Group annual work plan.
Data collection The Uganda VACS was conducted under the leadership of the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development with funding from PEPFAR through USAID and CDC, Wellspring Advisors and UNICEF. A technical working group led the planning process and adapted the survey from a core protocol. The AfriChild Centre for Excellence, through ChildFund International and the Makerere University School of Public Health, led the survey implementation, while UNICEF coordinated the study, CDC provided technical assistance and TPO Uganda (Transcultural Psychosocial Organization) managed the response plan. The preliminary survey fndings can be found in a document entitled Uganda VACS Preliminary Report. The results were discussed in a data-to-action workshop and went through a process of local interpretation. The full report is expected in 2018.
National road map/action plan Uganda is currently developing the Child Policy, which is in its advanced stages. The Policy and its accompanying NAP is informed by the VACS data. Other child protection policies being developed include provisions banning VAC and a framework for girl and adolescent health.
Implementation and evaluation Key initiatives for ending VAC in Uganda include the following actions within the INSPIRE strategies: (I) implement the amended Children Act; (R) promote the Reporting, Tracking, Referral and Response Guidelines on Violence against Children in Schools to create violence-free learning environments; (E) build a positive school climate and prevent school-related gender-based violence through activities outlined in Journeys: Activity Handbook for Teachers and School Staff; and (P) strengthen families using the Parenting Guidelines and undertake the development of an action plan to address and prevent online child sexual abuse. The Refugee and Host Population Empowerment strategic framework, a key component of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), is a transformative approach to bring together a wide range of stakeholders to ensure more effective programming to support the humanitarian/development nexus.
Opportunities
  1. Disseminate the VACS fndings and uniform messages on preventing and responding to VAC;
  2. mprove health care services for child victims of violence, as well as referral to and among other service providers, such as social workers, psychologists and lawyers;
  3. Create safe spaces for disclosure and providing services in the community and schools;
  4. Engage leaders, service providers and community members in a campaign to change social norms; and
  5. Explicitly prohibit all forms of VAC, including all corporal punishment, and ensure prohibition is appropriately resourced and implemented, including through awareness-raising campaigns and training on positive discipline for parents and professionals.
References
Reporting into SDGs Uganda reported to the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in 2016.
Government contact Lydia Wasula, National Coordinator, Orphans and Vulnerable Children, National Implementation Unit, Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development