Parenting for Respectability Uganda: Lessons in Violence Prevention from a Home-grown Parenting Programme

Event Details

Join our Uganda team for a discussion of results and recommendations from their recent cluster randomised controlled trial of a parenting programme to reduce violence against children and gender-based violence in Uganda.

Parenting for Respectability is a home-grown evidence-based parenting programme developed in Uganda that addresses child maltreatment and spousal relationships. A cluster randomised controlled trial led by the Makerere University Child Health and Development Centre was conducted between 2021-2022 to examine the programme’s impact on violence against children and gender-based violence in comparison with a once-off community lecture. Results show large positive effects reported in both areas.

Preliminary qualitative and quantitative results will be presented as well as recommendations for policymaking and scale-up, including a preview of the current PfR-Digital study.

This study was funded by Oak Foundation and led by Makerere University in collaboration with SOS Children’s Villages Uganda, the University of Glasgow MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Science Unit, and the University of Oxford Department of Social Policy and Intervention.


Register here



godfrey siu

Dr Godfrey Siu 

Dr. Godfrey Siu is the Facilitate Lead on the Global Parenting Initiative. He is a behavioural scientist with training in public health and medical anthropology and sociology, and currently works as Senior Lecturer in the Department of Child Health and Development at Makerere University, Uganda.
His broad interests lie in the potential health contribution that an explicit focus on gender and masculinity can bring to men, women, and their families. He has published several articles on this topic, and his current work focuses on evaluating interventions on parenting and families to reduce sexual and gender-based violence and child abuse, and on understandings men’s risk relationships with adolescent girls and young women in the context of HIV, as well as how to improve male involvement.

betty okot

Dr Betty Okot 

Dr. Betty Okot is currently an Early Career Researcher on the Parenting for Respectability Research team at the Child Health and Development Centre, Makerere University (Uganda). She has extensive experience in qualitative research and has growing interests in interdisciplinary studies. Betty contributed to the recently concluded Parenting for Respectability (PfR) UPRISE study, a community-based cluster randomised controlled trial, which was a collaboration between the Universities of Makerere, Oxford and Glasgow. The study targeted fathers and mothers to address violence against children, improve gender socialisation and several other socio-behavioural outcomes. 

jamie lachman

Dr Jamie Lachman 

Dr Jamie M. Lachman is the Lead Principal Investigator of the Global Parenting Initiative, and leads the Evaluate theme. He is a Senior Research and Teaching Fellow in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford Department.

He has over 20 years of experience developing, testing, and scaling up family and parenting programmes to reduce violence against children and improve child wellbeing in low- and middle-income countries. A co-founder of Parenting for Lifelong Health, the digital and in-person programmes and resources that Jamie has co-developed have reached over 210 million beneficiaries in 198 countries and territories.