Development of an AIDS-related child abuse prevention programme (2014)

DSPI PI: Lucie Cluver

Funded by: John Fell OUP Fund

Completed: 2014

The overarching goal of this project was to catalyse and facilitate an innovative and interdisciplinary programme of research at Oxford University into the prevention of child abuse in the context of HIV/AIDS. This built on the success of the Fell-funded Centre for AIDS Interdisciplinary Research at Oxford (CAIRO), and was intended to attract external research funding and support research in both social and medical science at Oxford. As CAIRO is an intrinsically interdisciplinary centre, this will include staff and students from the Departments of Social Policy and Intervention, Public Health, and Psychiatry.

This groundbreaking research had the potential to change the fields of both child abuse research and child HIV/AIDS prevention in the developing world. Furthermore, this research had strong implications for policy and programming, of key relevance to the Research Excellence Framework. Already well-established networks of dissemination to governments, major NGOs and communities were utilised to ensure that findings made a key impact on the development of child abuse prevention and protection services. This project included two linked studies. Together these provided both epidemiological information on causes of child abuse, and pilot data from an intervention to prevent child abuse in Southern Africa.