Sinovuyo Caring Families Programme for Parents and Teens



The primary aim of the Sinovuyo Teens Project is to reduce the risk of violence against children ages 10 to 17 in South Africa by implementing parenting programmes and building capacity for dissemination at scale.

This project will be implemented in partnership with UNICEF South Africa, the Universities of Oxford and Cape Town, the National Association of Child and Youth Care Workers (NACCW), and the Eastern Cape Department of Social Development (EC DSD). 


By the end of 2017 an increased number of children and adolescents in Eastern Cape facing multiple deprivations have reduced risk of violence and improved parent-child relationships.


(1) Increased knowledge and skills of parents and teens on how to reduce the risk of violence and improve parent-child relationships

(2) Sinovuyo trainees, DSD auxiliary social workers, and community facilitators have the knowledge and skills to implement Sinovuyo Teen Programme required for scale-up in 2016 and beyond.


(1) Provide training to Sinovuyo Trainees, Eastern Cape Department of Social Development staff, and community facilitators in the implementation of the Sinovuyo Teen Programme and train-the-trainer skills;

(2) Implement the Sinovuyo Teen Programme for 250 at-risk families with 10–17 year-olds (parent-teen dyads) in 20 villages and peri-urban township areas surrounding King William’s Town, Eastern Cape;

(3) Evaluate the programme’s effectiveness in reducing the risk of violence against teens and improving parent-teen relationships in a cluster randomised controlled trial with the University of Oxford and the University of Cape Town (40 villages and peri-urban township areas, 500 families). 

The Sinovuyo Teen Programme

The Sinovuyo Teen Programme is an evidence-informed, group-based, 14-week parenting programme that uses social learning and parent management training principles to reduce the risk of violence against young people in at-risk families with 10–17 year olds. Trained community facilitators with supervision and mentorship by a CWBSA trainer deliver the programme in a group-based format with joint (10 sessions) and separate parent-teen sessions (4 sessions). Families participate in 14 weekly sessions that introduce them to core relationship building and violence prevention skills. These skills include establishing special time for parents and adolescents, specific and immediate praise, dealing with stress and anger, establishing rules and responsibilities, responding to crises, and family budgeting. Delivery utilises a collaborative learning approach, with activity-based learning, role-play and home practice in order to strengthen skills.

A major aim of this project is to adapt, evaluate, and disseminate the Sinovuyo Teen Programme to multiple countries. This project is part of Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH), an international collaboration established to disseminate evidence-based programmes that reduce violence against children and adolescents throughout the developing world. Partners include the World Health Organisation, UNICEF (international), and academics from the global South and North. PLH’s goal is to scale-up the Sinovuyo Teen Programme in multiple countries as its primary programme for children ages 10-17 once the programme has demonstrated effectiveness in a randomised controlled trial.  

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