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Seminar: 'Parenting of teenagers in Sub Saharan Africa, how it is understood and practiced - Learning from an extensive literature review and empirical study in South Africa'



Dr Heidi Loening-Voysey, Research and Evaluation Specialist – Child Protection Office of research- Innocenti, UNICEF, Florence, Italy.

Dr Rachel Bray, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford

Dr Jenny Doubt, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford


Abstract: This seminar will present the aims, methods and headline findings of a collaborative project to explore the contexts in which teenagers are raised in southern and East Africa and the implications of delivering and upscaling a programme of support within a policy framework. We focus primarily on a literature review of structural factors affecting the possibilities for parents and adolescents to meet their ideals within everyday practice, and on a process evaluation of a parenting intervention currently being trialled in rural South Africa.



Heidi Loening-Voysey - Rooted in social work as a profession, Heidi has pursued  her commitment to protecting children through direct practice, academic teaching,  civic engagement,  research,   policy processes and programme development.  After having worked in the UNICEF country office  in South Africa for  several years, Heidi is now  working for the UNICEF office of research in Florence  on a parent support project in partnership with Oxford’s Department of  Social Policy and Intervention.  

Jenny Doubt is a post doctoral research officer at the Department of Social Development and Intervention. She is working in collaboration with UNICEF Innocenti – Office of Research on the qualitative evaluation of the Sinovuyo Teen programme. 

This event is part of a seminar series:

Seminar Series: ‘Navigating life in sub-Saharan Africa – adolescent socio-ecologies’

Trinity Term 2016 Seminar Series ‘Navigating life in sub-Saharan Africa – adolescent socio-ecologies’ Thursdays at 14:00 – 15:30 Seminar Room: 66 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PR Convener: Dr Jaco Hoffman, Senior Research Fellow   Core values for many in Africa are related to system variables beyond the level of the individual: the family, intergenera...

Event Details

16 June 2016 14:00 - 15:30


Oxford Institute of Population Ageing

66 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6PR