PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT FOR ORPHANED AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN IN CHILDREN’S HOMES IN HARARE, ZIMBABWE.

Author's Name: Wadzanayi Loraine Gurupira (Bed.ECD) & Tendai Chikutuma (PhD)
Subject Area: Other
Subject Other
Section Research Paper

Keyword:

: Psychosocial support, Early Childhood Development, orphans, vulnerable children, caregivers, children homes Heads.


Abstract

The study sought to establish the psychosocial support given to Early Childhood Development orphaned and vulnerable children in children’s homes. The qualitative research design and a bit of quantitative methods based on interview and questionnaires 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 tabulated. The study revealed that the Heads of the children’s homes and caregivers gave psychosocial support in different ways like having a listening ear to children’s concerns, encouraging children to take part in regular activities as school, church, play and taking part in extra co-curricular programs. The following conclusions were made; children were getting emotional, social, spiritual and material support. The study recommended that there maybe more training to caregivers on the importance of psychosocial support to orphaned and vulnerable children and different stakeholders may provide psychosocial support to the homes in any way possible.

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