PROMOTING THE PSYCHOSOCIAL WELLBEING OF ORPHANED AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN IN CHILDREN’S HOMES IN HARARE, ZIMBABWE.

Author's Name: Wadzanayi Loraine Gurupira & Tendai Chikutuma
Subject Area: Social Science and Humanities
Subject Other
Section Research Paper

Keyword:

Psychosocial wellbeing, Early Childhood Development, orphaned, vulnerable children, caregivers, Heads of children’s homes


Abstract

The study sought to examine how the psychosocial wellbeing for Early Childhood Development orphaned and vulnerable children was being promoted in children’s homes. The qualitative research approach which was descriptive in nature with a bit of quantitative methods were used. Participants in the study were children’s home Heads and caregivers (5 children’s home Heads and 12 caregivers). Data was content analysed. The analysis included direct reports of the participants’ responses to interviews and questionnaire results were tabulated. The study revealed that the Heads of the children’s homes and caregivers were doing their best in promoting the psychosocial wellbeing of orphaned and vulnerable children emotionally, socially, spiritually and materially. The following conclusions were made; children were getting emotional, social, spiritual and material support and though they lacked entertainment. The study recommended that, the government, civil society and other stakeholders collaborate and assist children’s homes in every way possible so they may not feel isolated and that the Heads of the homes may ensure that entertainment is provided for the children from time to time.

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