Exploring the Effectiveness of Multi-Agency Practice in Safe Guarding Abandoned Children: The Case of Hupenyu Hutsva Children’s Home
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This research investigates multiagency practice and how it can be used to ensure that the living conditions of children in orphanages are improved. The research aimed at exploring the efficacy of different agencies in enhancing the welfare of abandoned children as well as improving the understanding and appreciation of multiagency practice in helping abandoned children attain meaningful livelihoods. The research was qualitative in nature. A sample size of 48 participants was drawn from the population and was used to elicit information relevant to the topic. Semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions were used as data collection tool. The findings indicated that multiagency is a feasible practice model as there is no single agency that can single-handedly cater for all the children’s needs, hence there is need for agencies to forge complementary synergies to complement each other’s efforts and reduce duplication of services. Based on the tenets of the Systems theory, the findings highlighted that agencies are stronger together than they can be individually, based on the holism concept from the systems theory, that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The research also gives recommendations for practice and for future study. Multiagency practice should be made part of the National Social Protection Framework and the National Action Plan for Orphans and Vulnerable children (OVCs). There is need for research in Zimbabwe on multiagency as much of the available literature has a Eurocentric tone.
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